What is a level 2 charger?
A level 2 charger uses a higher home voltage and charges the car in roughly half the time of a Level 1 charger. A level 1 charger uses a typical 110 volt electrical outlet, whereas a level 2 charger uses 240 volts. They resemble the larger outlets that often run electric dryers.
What else do I need to know?
To take full advantage of newer electric vehicles' ability to charge more quickly, the most convenient option will be to install a home charger with a capacity of at least 30 amps.
The 15 or 20 amp home charging unit is good for first or second generation electric vehicles, which may charge at a slower rate. Newer cars will charge on a lower amperage as well, but you won’t be taking full advantage of the newer models’ ability to charge more quickly.
A 30 amp home charger will require a circuit breaker rated for a least 40 amps. A level 2 charger and the higher amperage circuit it requires must be installed by a licensed electrician.
Community and business charger rebates
For Alliant Energy’s commercial and industrial electric customers in Iowa and Wisconsin
A business or community may be eligible for a rebate if they purchase and install a Level 2 charging station for use by employees or the public:
- $500 for a single plug-in wall or pedestal unit (charges one car)
- $1,000 for a dual-prong unit (charges two cars)
- $1,500 for a dual-prong (networked) unit (charges two cars)
Who is eligible?
- Rebates are available to Alliant Energy electric customers who have purchased and installed a Level 2 EV charger* for public or employee use.
- Rebates are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Program participation requires consent for random onsite audits and review of use data.
- Limit of two rebates per commercial location.
- Pre-approval is required for more than two rebate requests.
- Other restrictions apply.
* Charger must be purchased and installed between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Charger rebate must be submitted by December 31, 2018.