Electric vehicles have a range of charging and connector options. For the new EV buyer, this can become overwhelming. However, it doesnt have to be. One of the most common charging types is the fast charger. Here at Walker Electrical, we are proud to be installers of electric car charging points across the Lancashire, and the UK. As a result, we have produced this guide to EV fast chargers and connectors.
What are fast chargers?
All fast chargers are AC and there are three connector types available for fast charging. The charging power is generally 7kw, or 22 kw. As a result, the charging time for fast charging can vary from around 4 hours on a 7kw, to 2 hours on a 22kw.
It is important to note that some of the older electric vehicle models are not compatible with fast chargers. So, if you are shopping for your first EV, it would be a good idea to choose a model that is fast charge compatible. This is because many of the public charging points available are fast chargers.
Fast chargers are often found in car parks, supermarkets and shopping centres, where people will be parked for more than one hour at a time.
Many of the fast charging units are untethered. This means that as an EV driver, the connector cable needs to be taken with you at all times, in case you need to charge. This is because untethered charging units are the most flexible, as any of the three connector types can be connected to it, depending on the vehicle.
In addition, fast charging units often have two sockets. This means that two cars can be charged at the same time, which reduces infrastructure and saves space.
The most common type of fast charger is an untethered 7kW Type 2. This is because even cars with less than 7kw of on board charging can still plug in and charge at these charging points.
What are fast charging connectors?
There are three types of fast charging connectors. Choose the model which is compatible with your car. The options are:
⦁ Type 2 mennekes connector
⦁ Type 1 j1772 connector
⦁ commando connector
The majority of plug-in car owners will have a cable with a Type 2 connector charger-side.
For more information or advice regarding EV fast chargers and connectors, or for EV charging point installations, get in touch with the experts today, here at Walker Electrical.