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. 

More information about selecting a home charger

Residential car charger rebates

For Alliant Energy’s residential electric customers in Iowa and Wisconsin

You may be eligible for up to a $250 rebate if you purchase and install a Level 2 home charging station for your electric vehicle.

A Level 2 charger uses a 240-volt outlet, like the one for an electric clothes dryer. Cars can charge in about half the time of a Level 1 charger, which uses a 120-volt outlet. 

Am I eligible?

The residential car charger rebate is available to Alliant Energy residential electric customers who have:

  • Purchased and installed a Level 2 charging station at a home that receives electric service from Alliant Energy at a residential electric rate*
  • Purchased or leased an electric vehicle that can receive a Level 2 charge
  • Registered an electric vehicle at the primary residence receiving electricity from Alliant Energy
  • Maintained their Alliant Energy electric account in good standing

Download  the residential electric vehicle rebate claim form to apply. 

* Charger must be purchased and installed between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 and cannot be combined with the EV buydown new or used purchase rebates. Other limitations may apply. See rebate form  for additional details.

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.

Download the community and commercial electric vehicle charger rebate claim form to apply. 

Learn more about hosting public charging stations. 

* Charger must be purchased and installed between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Charger rebate must be submitted by December 31, 2018. Charger rebate must be post marked and mailed via USPS by December 31, 2018.

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