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Driving Electric 101

As an Electric Vehicle (EV) driver, there are several terms and guides that can help you understand and improve your electric car charging experience.

Types of EV Charging:

There are various types of EV charging available. Blink EV charging stations provide Level 2 EV Charging and DC Fast Charging.

Level 2 EV Charging (typically 240V, single phase AC input) is the most common type of charging your electric car available in the United States. Level 2 EV charging is used for charging electric vehicles at home (single-family homes, condominiums, apartment buildings, etc.) or public locations (shopping centers, hotels, airports, parking garages, etc). Depending on the electric vehicle's charge rate and the state of its battery, a Level 2 EV charger can deliver somewhere between 10 - 25 miles per hour of charging. Currently, all electric cars sold in the United States can charge using Level 2 EV charging stations. Blink offers Level 2 EV charging stations for both your home and business.

DC Fast Charging (DCFC) (typically 480V, 3-Phase AC input) is used for charging electric vehicles in commercial locations, as it requires more electrical infrastructure. Therefore, DCFC stations are currently not as widespread as Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations. While DCFC stations can charge an EV more rapidly than Level 2 charging stations (for example, a Nissan Leaf can charge on a DCFC station from 0% to 85% in about 30 minutes), they are not typically compatible with all electric cars. There are two types of connectors that currently support DCFC: the CHAdeMO and the SAE Combo. DC Fast Charging connectors vary by station and EV. Blink DCFC charging stations currently offer the CHAdeMO conector, but there are plans to incorporate other standards, such as the SAE combo and Tesla’s proprietary connector, in the future.

How to Use the Blink EV Charging Stations:

Charging your EV for the first time? Our Quick Start Guides provide you with the simple instructions on how to use our public Blink EV charging stations.

Download the Blink Pedestal and Wall Mount Quick Start Guide or download the Blink DC Fast Charger Quick Start Guide.

Also, please be sure to download the free Blink Mobile app, so that you can find public Blink EV charging stations with step-by-step directions as well as pay and initiate your EV charging session directly from the Blink Mobile app!

EV Charging Fees:

Level 2

State Blink Member  Blink Guest
California $0.49/kWh $0.59/kWh
Colorado $0.45/kWh $0.55/kWh
District of Columbia $0.45/kWh $0.55/kWh
Florida $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
Hawaii $0.69/kWh $0.79/kWh
Illinois $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
Maryland $0.45/kWh $0.55/kWh
Minnesota $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
New York $0.49/kWh $0.59/kWh
Oregon $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
Pennsylvania $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
Utah $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
Virginia $0.45/kWh $0.55/kWh
Washington $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
All Other States $0.04/min $0.06/min

Time-based charging fees are rounded up to the nearest 30-second interval.


State Member Rates Guest Rates
California $0.59/kWh $0.69/kWh
Oregon $0.49/kWh $0.59/kWh
Washington $0.49/kWh $0.59/kWh
All Other States $6.99/session $9.99/session 

There is a two minute grace period for session based fees on DC Fast Chargers.

Interested in discounted fees on your EV charging sessions? Become a Blink member today and you can enjoy discounted charging fees on public Blink EV charging stations. Blink membership is free, so join today!

Blink Courtesy Notices:

While driving an electric vehicle is becoming more popular, not everyone may be aware of some of the common EV charging courtesies. To help educate other drivers that may be parked in or blocking a car charging station, Blink offers Courtesy Notices that you can print and provide to a driver or place on a parked car as necessary.

Download our Blink Courtesy Notices.

Incentives for EV Equipment:

Interested in purchasing an electric car or EV charging station? There may be federal, state, and local credits and incentives available. Please visit our Incentives page to learn about local and federal tax incentives that are currently available.