Can I charge my car in a regular socket?

Technically, you can charge your car via a regular electrical outlet. However, it does come with some major limitations.

Not, it's not safe nor smart to charge your vehicle in a regular outlet.

It’s not safe to charge your car with a regular electrical outlet.
Charging your electric car from a regular electrical outlet poses severe safety issues. Regular electrical outlets and cables are not made for charging at a high capacity over a long period of time. If they’re used at a higher intensity than intended, it increases the chances of causing an electrical fire. These types of fires may not be fully covered by your insurance company, as their policies typically apply only if electrical outlets and appliances are used and installed in a compliant manner.

Our charging stations meet European and North American safety certifications and compliance standards for your security.

It takes longer to charge your car with a household electrical outlet.
Because household electrical outlets have a lower power output, it takes longer to charge your car battery than if you were to use a charging station built for electric cars. An EVBox charging station charges your car up to 8 times faster—for example, a Tesla Model S would take approximately 24 hours to charge with a household outlet, whereas it’d only take 5 hours with a charging station (3-phase, 16A, 11 kW). Check how long it takes to charge your electric car model here for more details.

You can’t manage your charging sessions via a regular electrical outlet.
With an EVBox charging station, you can automate the invoicing and reimbursement of your charging costs. It also helps you consume the available power in the most cost-effective and energy-efficient way. Read more about our charging management subscriptions here for more details.

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