An electric vehicle (EV) operates using electricity that is stored in batteries inside the car. Periodically these batteries need to be recharged. EV car charging stations are locations (like a gas station) where the car’s batteries can be supplied with electric energy in order to replenish them.

Some electric vehicles include converters that enable them to be plugged into a standard home electrical outlet for recharging. A charging station, however, provides electrical conversion as well as monitoring the process and providing safety features. In addition, a charging station will usually support a faster charging period because they use higher voltages and currents than a standard household electricity supply.

Public charging stations are becoming more widespread as EV technology becomes more popular and are provided by private companies as well as electric utility companies. They are usually located at shopping centers, car parks and other public places.