EV Charging 101

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EV Charging Stations in Bradenton, FL

Thinking about upgrading to an electric vehicle? Switching from a gas-powered car to an EV can be a big change, but you don’t have to go through it alone. At Gettel Toyota of Lakewood, we have a great selection of electric Toyota vehicles that are powerful, versatile and perfect for any lifestyle. One of the main benefits of driving an EV is no longer having to make frequent stops at gas stations; rather, you can charge your EV instead by plugging in your vehicle at home or a public charging station. Plus, with the growing number of charging stations nationwide, it’s now easier than ever to find a convenient place to power up your EV. To help make the transition easier, we’ve created a basic guide to EV charging. In this guide, you’ll find all the information you need about powering your electric car and where to find charging stations.

What is an EV Charging Station?

EV charging stations provide a convenient and worry-free way to charge your electric vehicle. While there are free charging stations available, others require payment with a credit or debit card. Once you’ve paid, all that is left to do is plug in your electric vehicle. To make the experience even easier, EV drivers can download an EV charging app to their phones. Using an EV charging app makes it simple to find a nearby charger and stay connected to your vehicle as it charges. EV charging stations are available throughout Florida, making it convenient to keep your electric vehicle powered up.

Charging Options

There are three different types of charging available: Level 1, Level 2 and DC Fast Charging. Understanding each level can help you figure out which one fits your charging needs and schedule.

Level 1 Charger

120-volt AC outlet. It typically takes 40-50+ hours to charge an all-electric vehicle to 80 percent charge level from its empty state with a Level 1 charger.1

Level 2 Charger

Level 2 chargers are some of the most commonly seen charging stations, and can be found at both workplaces and public locations. Having a Level 2 wallbox charger installed at home is another great option for charging your electric vehicle. This type of charging station can be set up by an experienced electrician, and can typically recharge an EV from empty to 80% in four to 10 hours. 1

DC Fast Chargers

DC Fast Chargers, also known as Level 3 chargers, are primarily available at public charging stations due to their ability to provide high power output. Using a DC Fast Charger, drivers can charge their EV from empty to 80 percent in about 20 minutes to one hour. This makes a DC Fast Charger an ideal choice for those times when you need to quickly top up your battery before continuing on with your journey. 1

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Bradenton, FL

Bradenton is an ideal city for EV owners, offering many public charging options. Popular networks such as ChargePoint and Tesla are available in the district, along with a number of non-network stations. Bradenton has 43 public charging stations, all of which contain Level 2 chargers. Of those stations, an impressive 51 percent are free to use.2

A few of the charging locations in Bradenton are:

  • Marina Park (1450 1st Avenue West, Bradenton, FL, 34205)
  • Culver’s (3515 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, FL, 34210)
  • City of Bradenton City Center (1000 1st Avenue West, Bradenton, FL, 34205)

Do you need to charge your electric vehicle? Just visit this link and enter your location to view a list of charging stations located near you.

With a Toyota EV, you can enjoy a smooth and quiet ride while knowing that you are doing your part for the environment and saving money on fuel costs. If you’re ready to make the switch, take a look at our Toyota EVs and then visit us to experience the many benefits they offer.

If you have additional questions about EV charging stations or a new Toyota EV on our lot, contact us today or stop by our dealership at 5959 E State Rd 64, Bradenton, FL 34208. We look forward to serving our customers near Sarasota, Brandon and Ruskin.

1Find more information on charging EVs at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website here.

2For more information, visit Charge Hub.