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EV Charging Stations in Gainesville, FL

Upgrade to an EV and ditch the pump altogether. With an EV, you can enjoy the convenience of plugging in, charging up and then setting off on the adventure ahead. At Gatorland Toyota, we want to make driving an EV as simple as possible — starting with charging! Electric vehicle drivers now have many options to stay charged on the road. Whether it’s a public charging station or a home charger, there are plenty of ways to keep your car powered up. The number of public charging stations across the country is growing rapidly, which means that finding a convenient place to charge your electric vehicle is easier than ever.

Our team is always standing by to answer any questions you may have about owning an EV, but we’ve also created a helpful guide to get you started. Below, you can find more information on how and where to charge your vehicle in Gainesville, FL.

What is an EV Charging Station?

Gainesville and its surrounding cities have easy-to-use EV charging stations that let drivers power up their electric vehicles quickly and conveniently. Drivers can also opt for private installations to easily charge their cars from the comfort of home.

To use a public EV charging station, drivers will usually need to pay with either a credit or debit card; however, free charging stations are also available. Downloading an EV charging app makes this process even easier. These apps help drivers locate the closest charging station, reserve a charger and sometimes even manage payment.

Charging Options

There are three different EV charging options: Level 1, Level 2 and DC Fast Charging. We’ll go through each level below, so you can understand the differences and decide which is best for your needs.

Level 1 Charger

Level 1 charging uses a residential 120-volt AC outlet which provides a lower voltage than other options. It can take up to 40 hours or more for the EV battery to reach 80 percent of its full capacity.1

Level 2 Charger

Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations offer substantially faster charging times than Level 1 chargers. These chargers can bring your battery from zero to 80 percent charge in as little as four hours or up to 10 hours. 1

DC Fast Chargers

DC Fast Chargers, sometimes referred to as Level 3 chargers, offer electric vehicle owners the most powerful and fastest charging option available today. With this type of charger, an EV battery can be brought from empty to 80 percent charge in as little as 20 minutes. 1

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Bradenton, FL

There are numerous charging options available throughout Gainesville, and with access to networks such as ChargePoint, Tesla and Blink, you can rest assured knowing that you can always keep your vehicle powered up when you’re out and about.

There are 116 Level 2 and 3 public charging stations in Gainesville, 80 percent of these offering Level 2 charging. 65 percent of the charging stations are free to use.2

Here are a couple of the charging locations in Gainesville:

  • Target – Gainesville
  • Gainesville – NW 39th Ave, FL Supercharger
  • Downtown Parking Ramp

To see a map of the charging stations near you, visit this link and enter your address.

Come to Gatorland Toyota today and shop our selection of Toyota EVs. Whether you want one for its sleek design or just need an eco-friendly way to get around, you’re sure to find what you need on our lot.

If you have additional questions about EV charging stations or a new Toyota EV on our lot, contact us today or stop by our dealership at 2985 N Main St, Gainesville, FL 32609. We look forward to serving our customers near Ocala and Jacksonville.

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

2For more information, visit Charge Hub.