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EV Charging Stations in Ocala, FL

Has a sleek Volkswagen EV caught your eye? Here at Volkswagen of Ocala , we have a great selection of EVs fit for any lifestyle. But before you make the switch to an electric vehicle, there’s more to learn about the basics of charging your EV. To charge your EV, it can be as simple as plugging it into a wall outlet or public charging station and you’re ready to hit the road! There are a number of public charging stations throughout the U.S., providing EV drivers with even more options to stay charged up on the road.

While our team is always available to answer any questions you may have about owning an EV, we’ve put together a quick guide below to help you learn more about how and where you can charge your vehicle.

What is an EV Charging Station?

Drivers can quickly and conveniently get their electric vehicle powered up at an EV charging station. With many public charging locations available, along with the option of private installation, recharging an electric vehicle has never been easier. To use an EV charging station, you will usually need to pay with a credit or debit card. But don’t worry — there are also plenty of free public EV charging stations available! Next, plug your vehicle in and watch it charge up. To make the process of charging your EV even more convenient, download an EV charging app to locate the closest station, reserve a spot ahead of time and even review pricing information — all from your device!

Charging Options

There are three types of chargers: Level 1, Level 2 and DC Fast Charging. Let’s dive into the key distinctions between each charger so you can decide which option is best for your needs.

Level 1 Charger

Level 1 charging offers a lower voltage than other options, making it less efficient for those who need to quickly replenish their vehicle’s battery. Level 1 charging involves plugging an electric vehicle into a standard residential 120-volt AC outlet. With Level 1 charging, it can take 40-50+ hours to bring the battery back up from zero percent to 80 percent of its capacity.1

Level 2 Charger

Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations provide faster charge times compared to Level 1 chargers. Public locations such as shopping malls, parking lots, and other places around town often offer Level 2 charging stations for EV owners. Furthermore, professional electricians can be hired to install Level 2 wallbox chargers in homes for convenient and fast EV charging. Level 2 EV charging stations offer a quick way to recharge electric vehicles, typically taking anywhere from four to 10 hours to recharge from zero to 80 percent. 1

DC Fast Chargers

DC Fast Chargers, sometimes referred to as Level 3 chargers, are the most powerful public charging options. This charger can bring an EV battery up from zero to 80 percent in only 20 minutes or up to an hour. 1

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Bradenton, FL

One of the key advantages to being an electric vehicle owner in Ocala is the number of charging options available. Some of the chargers are part of charging networks, including ChargePoint, Tesla and others, though there are also many non-network stations. There are a total of 41 public Level 2 and Level 3 charging stations in Ocala and 39 percent of those are free for EV owners to use. 2

Here are a couple of the charging locations in Ocala, FL:

  • Ocala – W. Silver Springs Blvd, FL Supercharger
  • Don Garlitts Museum of Racing

Do you need help locating a nearby electric charging station? Look no further — visit this link and type in your location. It’ll show you a map of all the available charging stations around you in moments!

Experience the exhilaration of driving a Volkswagen electric vehicle today at Volkswagen of Ocala!

If you have additional questions about EV charging stations or a new Volkswagen EV model, contact us today or stop by our dealership at 5135 SW College Rd., Ocala, FL 34474. We look forward to serving our customers near The Villages and Orlando.

1Find more information on charging EVs at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website here.

2For more information, visit Charge Hub.