Understanding different EV fast chargers and connectors

electric car charging

Electric vehicles are currently on the rise. And this is only expected to continue. Especially with the future ban of petrol and diesel cars in 2040. In fact, this ban has spurred on electrical companies to create more electric car models, that meet consumer demand and expectations. And if you are thinking about purchasing an electric car or vehicle, one of the important decisions you need to make, is how to charge the vehicle. Fast chargers installed at the workplace, in public places, and at home could be one potential solution. But what are EV fast chargers and connectors? Well, here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts. And we are proud to offer EV charging point installations, both at home, and in the workplace. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you need to know about EV fast chargers and connectors.

What are EV fast chargers and connectors?

So what exactly is a fast charger? Well, an EV fast charger is one of the most popular types of charger for an electric car or vehicle. In fact, 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. As although it is called a fast charger, a full charge will take between 2 and 4 hours depending on the connector type. You can choose between a 7kw or a 22kw connector. With the shorter charging times attributed to the higher charging power.

Considerations of EV fast chargers

There are several considerations of fast chargers that you should bear in mind. These include:

  • Compatibility- some older electric vehicle models will not be compatible with a fast charger at all. So if you are shopping for an electric car, make sure you choose a compatible model. Otherwise you might not be able to charge in public places.
  • Connector cable- you will probably need to keep your connector cable with you, in the car, at all times. This is because many public car charging points will be untethered. As this is most flexible option.
  • Sockets- a lot of fast chargers will have two sockets. This can be a big advantage for businesses and homes, as it means that two cars can be connected and charging at the same time.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the professionals today, here at Walker Electrical.