What is DC fast charging, and how does it work?

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Guide to DC fast chargers for electric vehicles 

As the name implies, DC fast charging is a fast way to charge your electric car. This page is our guide to DC fast chargers for electric vehicles, so keep reading below to learn more. You can find Chevrolet, GMC, and Buick EVs at Carl Black Orlando in Orlando, FL. 

How to Use Charging on the Go – DC Fast Charging | Chevrolet video 

Check out this video first to learn the basics of DC fast charging. This video will teach you what DC fast charging is, where you can find charging stations, and how to conveniently use public chargers.  

Where are DC fast chargers located? 

If you watched the video above, you’ll know that DC fast chargers are located in parking lots at public buildings such as grocery stores as well as rest stops along the highway. DC fast chargers are public EV chargers, so you usually won’t find these in private homes. Usually, homeowners will use Level 1 or 2 chargers for overnight vehicle charging. 

Tips for getting the most out of your DC fast charging 

  • Use your mobile phone to find DC fast chargers. Phone apps like the ones shown in the video above can help you plan routes and find DC fast chargers along the way.  
  • Watch your charging indicator light. Your vehicle has a charging indicator light on the front dashboard. Watch this to confirm that charging has begun. 
  • Pay attention to cost factors. DC fast charging can charge by the minute or the amount of charge dispensed. Pay attention to how you’re getting charged.  
  • Only fill to 80%. Past 80%, the charging process slows down, so don’t bother. Use an at-home charger for more affordable and convenient charging whenever you can. 

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