If you've just bought an electric vehicle (EV), you've probably realized that your new car is no ordinary vehicle. Instead of gasoline, your EV gets its power from an electric outlet. But it's not exactly an ordinary appliance, either. Your EV is your source of transportation, and you need it powered reliably. An electric vehicle charging station, also known as an EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment), can power your EV just like gasoline powers a fuel-based car.
At this point, you might be asking, if this device provides the power to charge my car, why can't we just call it a charger? Why are we calling it a charging station, supply equipment, or an EVSE? This is because a "charger" refers to a device that converts household electricity to electricity that can be stored. In the case of electric cars, the charger is actually in your car's battery. Charging stations/EVSEs provide the source of electricity while the car battery does the charging.