Guide to EV charging speeds

electric car charging

With the sales of electric cars rising, and the installation of electric car charging points becoming a lot more common in our public car parks, now is the perfect time to make the leap to renewable energy. The increase in visibility and publicity for electric cars and charging points is helping to raise the profile of electric vehicles across the country. Here at Walker Electrical, we can install a range of EV charging points in both domestic and commercial settings. But what are the different charging types and speeds? Well, this is our guide to EV charging speeds.

Slow EV charging

This used to be the only option for electric cars and vehicles, but thankfully we have developed better technology. At up to 3kw, the slow EV charger can take between 6 and 8 hours to fully charge an electric car. As a result, it is not suitable for public EV chargers, or for workplace chargers. Instead, the slow charge charging point is usually installed in the home.

Installing a slow charging unit at home is fairly straightforward. However, you will need to get a professional and registered electrician to implement a full home survey first. This will make sure that the electrical systems and circuitry already in place are suitable for an EV charging point. This is because the long charging period can be a drain on the homes electrics.

Fast Charging

A faster option for charging an EV is the fast charging unit. This is around 6kw and halves the amount of time taken to fully charge an electric car to between 3 and 4 hours. As a result, many slow EV charging points in public places and work places have been replaced with fast chargers.

Installing an electric car charging unit in your workplace is a great idea for staff. However, you will need to make sure it is a fast charging point so that your employees can charge their vehicles while they are at work.

If you are looking to install an electric car charging point in your commercial work place, contact us at Walker Electrical today.