Can I charge my car on any charging station?

You can charge your car on any charging stations that are compatible with your plug type (J1772, unless it's a Tesla) and provided you have the right charge card or mobile app to access the station.

Yes, if the charging station is compatible with your charging cable and able to read your charge card.

Just like regular electricity outlets, charging stations may have different outlets and connectors depending on the country where you're charging and your car's brand. Luckily, to make it things less complicated, car manufacturers have now cut it down to two types of outlets and connectors for you to keep in mind. From the car’s side, a Type 1 socket is common for Japanese and American vehicles, and a Type 2 socket is common for European vehicles. Note: Tesla models the US are equipped with a specific type of socket, whereas European Tesla models carry Type 2 sockets.

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Where can I find charging stations?
You can generally find charging stations in the following locations:

  • At home in a private garage / drive way, or at a designated parking spot / shared parking facility (common for apartments).
  • At work at your office building's parking facility, either reserved or (semi)public.
  • In public along the streets, on the highway, and at any public parking facility you can think of - e.g. shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, hospitals etc. Whether you have access to all public charging stations on the station operator and their service provider. Generally, the station will say what network it is running, and from there, getting a charge is as easy as downloading the app and initiating the charge.

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