Electric vehicles, or EVs for short, are going to be the future of the automotive world. In fact, the Mazda MX-30 (the first-ever fully-electric zero-emissions Mazda model) has already debuted for the California market and that will open the door for more EVs in the coming years.

And the key difference between EVs and their gasoline-powered counterparts is the fact that there’s no fuel tank. Instead, you solely have to rely on battery power and the batteries used in these Mazda models are rechargeable.

With this video and blog post, we’ll discuss the multiple methods of keeping your Mazda EV charged.

Mazda EV Level 1 Charging

Level 1 Charging

A portable Level 1 charging cable, which is intended as a travel charger, is included with your Mazda EV that plugs into any 120-volt AC wall outlet found in your home. On one end of the charging cable is a standard plug and on the opposite end is a SAE J1772 connector that matches the vehicle’s charging port.

Once plugged in, a white indicator attached to the SAE J1772 connector will light up to tell you that the vehicle is charging and that light will turn green once fully charged. You can see the charge status, expected driving range and time remaining before a full charge is reached shown inside on the instrument panel display.

The connector will lock to the charging port by default while your Mazda EV is locked & all you’ll need to do to remove the connector is to unlock the vehicle. As of this blog post’s publishing, the Level 1 charging time to get an 80% charge in a Mazda MX-30 is 13 hours and 40 minutes.

Mazda EV Level 2 Charging

Level 2 Charging

The Level 2 charger is recommended for everyday use since it’s more powerful than the Level 1 charger. Both are similar because they both run using AC current found in many homes & commercial buildings and utilize the same type of SAE J1772 connector.

The key difference is that the Level 2 charger can be plugged into a 240-volt outlet similar to an electric dryer you have for your laundry. Your Mazda will charge at a much faster rate due to this, with the Mazda MX-30 charging to 80% in as little as 2 hours and 50 minutes as of this blog post’s publishing.

Mazda EV DC Fast Charging

DC Fast Charging

Sometimes referred to as Level 3, DC fast charging delivers direct current (hence the DC abbreviation) to provide a drastically reduced charging time. In fact, the Mazda MX-30 can be charged to 80% of power in approximately 36 minutes as of this blog post’s publishing due to its use of a Combined Charging System (CCS) connector that employs 2 additional sockets on the SAE J1772 connector.

DC fast charging is not available for home installation and is typically utilized to charge quickly on extended drives. Before using DC fast charging at a public charging station away from home, you’ll need to register with the charging provider's app on your smartphone.

If you’re in search of a public charging station while on the road or even before you start your journey, the MyMazda app can help you find one or multiple that are closest to your location and/or destination.

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