Charging your Fisker Ocean at home is the least expensive option, but using a third-party charging station will be easy and convenient.
You’ve pre-ordered your Fisker Ocean. It is scheduled to arrive in 30 days. Now what? You need to decide if you’re going to install a home charger, rely on third-party charging stations, or use both. If you decide to go with home charging you’ll need to prepare your home before your Fisker Ocean arrives. This will offer you the best experience. Between a choice of home charging and using third-party charging stations, most EV owners will install a home charging solution.
Home Charging for Your Fisker Ocean
Charging at home is the easiest way to keep the battery on your Fisker Ocean full. The nice thing about home charging is it’s super convenient. Also, it costs less to charge your Fisker Ocean at home.
Fisker will likely provide a basic Level 1 charging connector to use with a standard household outlet in your garage. Unfortunately, these will only charge your Fisker Ocean at a speed of up to 3 to 5 miles of range per hour. You are better off installing a Level 2 charger or using third-party charging stations. These are your faster charging solutions.
There are many companies that make Level 2 home charging stations that will work great with the Fisker Ocean. We recommend purchasing a highly rated charger from Amazon. For example, the ChargePoint Home Flex can charge any EV, including the Fisker Ocean. We plan to use a Tesla Wall Connector with an adaptor since we already have it installed.
Once you purchase a home charging station, hire a certified electrician in your area to install the charger. Between the cost of the charger and installation, it ran us about $2,000 to have our EV charger installed. It took the electrician about 5 hours to complete the job using a 50 Amp circuit breaker in our existing electrical panel.
Time of Use (TOU) Electricity Rates
To benefit most from home charging, you will need to contact your local energy utility. You will want to inquire about their TOU rate plans. These plans offer you a super off-peak rate. Some require a flat monthly fee.
The super off-peak rate is usually one fourth the cost of on-peak rates. In San Diego, SDG&E charges 10¢ per kWh during super off-peak times. This is compared to 42¢ per kWh during on-peak times. It costs $16/month for the plan that offers these low rates.
A home charger will allow you to charge at night during super off-peak times. That means you will be charging at home between the hours of 12am to 6am. This will allow you to take advantage of reduced electricity rates.
Currently, charging at home during super off-peak times will cost about $8.50 to $10 to fully charge the battery of a Fisker Ocean Extreme or Ultra from completely empty to 100% charged. Hopefully, you’ll never run the battery that low.
Third-Party Charging Stations
For Fisker Ocean owners that do not have the option to install a home charging station, you will need to rely on third-party charging stations.
The same is true if you plan to travel far away from home. You’ll need to use third-party charging stations too. In that case, Fisker has you covered.
Fisker plans to make charging the Fisker Ocean as easy and convenient as possible for its customers.
The company is designing the all-electric Fisker Ocean to be compatible with existing charging infrastructures. This will make your charging experience as smooth as possible, so long as you choose one of the companies they support.
In the United States, Fisker says it will support ChargePoint, EVgo, and Electrify America. In Europe, Fisker will support Allego charging stations. To date, Fisker has a contractual agreement with Electrify America and Allego.
In the United States, ChargePoint has 30,000+ charging stations, EVgo has 850+ charging stations, and Electrify America has 800+ charging stations. In Europe, Allego has over 28,000+ charge points in operation. Fisker plans to make the Ocean One, Extreme, Ultra, and Sport work seamless with these charging infrastructures.
Each day more and more third-party charging stations come online. Here in San Diego charging stations are plentiful. Dotted all around town, you can find them in the parking lots of restaurants, grocery stores, malls, libraries, and office complexes.
Level 2 charging stations are most common around town. They typically cost about 2.5 times more than charging at home during super off-peak times. Level 3 charging is fastest, but the fee is usually slightly more than charging at home during on-peak times.
Regardless of whether or not you go with home charging solution or third-party charging stations, both are fine options to keep your Fisker Ocean fully charged. Let us know how you will charge your Fisker Ocean at home or if you’ll rely completely on third-party charging stations.
In the words of Fisker about charging your electric vehicle…
Fisker Ocean will accommodate the following in North America:
- Level 1 charging – 120V AC – US household plugs.
- Level 2 charging – 240V AC (At home – requires electrician installation of connectors to 240V service; On the road – public charging stations).
- Level 3 charging – DC Fast Charging available at many public charging stations, via CCS1 charge connector (the most commonly available level 3 DC FastCharge connector).
Fisker Ocean will accommodate the following in Europe:
- Mode 1 – 230V AC charging using household outlet. Considered unsafe, not recommended to use: voltage fluctuations from household current could damage vehicle battery.
- Mode 2 – 230V AC charging using household outlet with in-line protector to guard against voltage fluctuations. Commonly used in home charging.
- Mode 3 – Dedicated 230V AC charge point – frequently installed as a wall mount in garage and wired to home 230V service. Allows 230V charging at higher wattages for faster charge times.
- Mode 4 – DC Fast charging. Used at many publicly and commercially available charge stations.
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