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Charge at Home

Instead of spending time at a gas station, most EV owners charge at home. As much as 80% of charging happens at home. There are many factors that determine the amount of time that it takes to charge your EV. The existing charge level on the battery and the power the charger can deliver as well as the battery size and temperature all have an impact on how long it takes your EV to charge.

It's easy to plug in to a standard outlet every time you pull into your garage. This type of charging, known as Level 1 (L1), can give you between 3 to 5 miles of range per hour.

Installing a 240-volt outlet, which is commonly used by household appliances such as an oven or electric dryer, or a Level 2 (L2) home charging station in your garage are great options to charge more quickly. L2 chargers are faster than using a standard electrical outlet and offer you more control over your charging times.

MGE's Charge@Home program installs ChargePoint L2 chargers for our customers in exchange for a monthly fee of about $20 plus the cost of electricity. There is no upfront charge for standard installation. Learn more.

Learn more about home charging.

Apartment Charging

Since more than 50% of Madison residents rent, more apartment buildings are adding EV charging to their lists of amenities and many area property owners and developers are installing EV charging stations as a way to keep current residents and attract new ones.

MGE can help property owners and developers evaluate building, parking and electrical requirements as well as help gain understanding of how EV charging may affect monthly electric usage. We can also assist with EV charging infrastructure and navigate Madison's new ordinance in which developers are required to include EV charging equipment in newly-constructed multifamily residential lots (as well as other commercial spaces) as outlined.

Condo Charging

Many condo owners and homeowners' associations (HOAs) are considering adding EV charging to their buildings. Condos can present some unique challenges because parking stalls are often individually owned and located on multiple parking levels. Condos with attached garages like townhomes or duplexes may be eligible for MGE's Charge@Home program.

Here are steps condo owners and HOAs can take to evaluate and implement an EV charging solution at condo properties.

  • Get feedback from condo owners - MGE can help you with an electronic survey.
  • Contact an electrician to evaluate electrical capacity and provide cost estimates.
  • Evaluate charging station options that will best meet the needs of your property.
  • Determine who is paying for the electricity - separate meters or power sharing platforms provide different options.

For questions about EV charging options, contact Brian Driscoll at MGE.

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