EV charging types

electric car charging

Here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts. From commercial and industrial, to residential electricals, we have you covered. And this even extends to charging point installations for electric cars. With an increase in sales of electric cars, and the proposed petrol and diesel car ban of 2040, electric vehicle charging points are more important than ever. But choosing the right type of charger can be a challenge. As a result, we have produced this guide to EV charging types.

Slow charging

At one point, slow EV chargers were the only form of charging point for an electric car. Thankfully, that is no longer the case. However, the slow chargers do still have their advantages.

At up to 3kw, the slow charger can take between 6 and 8 hours to fully charge an electric car. So while this rules them out for public charging points, and for workplace chargers, they can still be a good option for domestic EV charging points. However, some of the newer car models that will come out over the next year or two may not be compatible with slow chargers.

Fast Charging

A faster option, fast charging points are now more popular for public spaces and work places, as well as many homes. In fact, these are the most common Ev charging types throughout the UK.

Charging at around 6kw, the fast charger is twice as fast as the slow charging point. This means that it halves the amount of time taken to fully charge an electric car to between 3 and 4 hours. This is a much more practical option for many environments.

Installing any EV charging unit will take a professional and qualified electrician. They will also need to be registered if you want to qualify for an OLEV Grant towards the cost of installation.

For more information about EV charging types relevant to your situation, get in touch with the experts today, here at Walker Electrical.