How to charge an electric car

All you need to charge your electric car, is an electric outlet at home or at work. In addition, more and more quick chargers provide a safety net for those who need fast power.

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There are several possibilities for charging an electric car outside the home, or when traveling. Either AC charging points for slow charging or DC fast charging points.

When buying an electric car, it is usually supplied with charging cable for AC charging, trough a normal electric household outlet. DC fast charging stations are fitted with a charging cable that you connect to your car to charge it. When charging at home, a charging point with a dedicated power circuit should be mounted. Let’s look at the most common ways to charge your car.

Charging station at home

For charging at home, the safest and best solution is to install your own home charger. Unlike plugging into a wall outlet, the home charger is a much safer solution that also lets you charge with more power. The charging station has a connector that is dimensioned to deliver high power over time, and it has built-in security features that handles all the risks that can occur when charging an electric car or a plug-in hybrid. A charging station is a safe investment that can be used for many years to come, even though the car is being replaced.

Charging trough a regular electrical outlet

Charging your car trough a normal outlet with the Mode2 cable that follows the car, is to be considered as an emergency solution, and is only to be used when other chargers for electric cars are not found nearby. Charging an electric car involves a high sustained load over time, and charging in a regular electrical outlet can be dangerous due to the danger of overload.

Charging stations in apartment blocks

In an apartment block you cannot usually just put up a charging station in the shared garage on your own. In most cases, it makes sense to use an advisor who has a good knowledge of electric car charging, to prepare a development plan for building charging stations. It is important that the plan is prepared by someone who has both solid electro-technical knowledge, and good knowledge of electric car charging. The plan must be so comprehensive that it also says something about any future expansion of the electric intake, in connection with the establishment of load management, and administration systems, although this is not relevant at the time.

Charging at work

More and more employers offer charging to employees and guests. High quality charging stations, and non normal electric outlets should be installed. It may be wise to think about how the charging system can expand as demand increases, so the investment in facilitating charging is long-term.

Fast charging

For long trips you sometimes need fast charging to reach the destination in a reasonable time. You can use fast-charging stations if your car supports this option. fast charging is the electric car’s response to gas stations. Here the battery on a regular electric car can be filled up to 80 percent of its total capacity in half an hour in the summer time (it takes longer when it’s cold outside). The fast-charging stations are delivering from 50 kW up to 350 KW depending on the type of charger and how much your car is dimensioned to handle.

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