An electric vehicle charging station (EV charging station / electric recharging point / charging point / charge point / electric vehicle supply equipment), is an element in an infrastructure that supplies electric energy for the recharging of electric vehicles. Examples of this include plug-in electric vehicles like: electric cars, neighborhood electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrids.
As more and more people purchase plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles, we as a society have a growing need for publicly accessible charging stations. Plenty of public ESVEs provide a faster charge and higher voltages than some residential charging stations. Many on-street stations are provided by electric utility companies and located at retail shopping centers. Frequently these ESVEs are operated by private companies. These charging stations provide special connectors that fit with the various electric charging connector standards.