Electric vehicle (EV) Charging Points
With electric vehicles increasing in popularity and will continue to do so over the coming years, have you considered this for your company car park? An increasing number of companies are installing workplace EV charging units for employees and visitors. Workplace charging makes sense, as an employee’s vehicle will typically be parked for most of the day when it can be conveniently charged. Company owners can decide whether to provide free charging or charge a small fee.
There are three main types of EV charging – rapid, fast, and slow. These represent the power outputs and therefore charging speeds, available to charge an EV. Note that power is measured in kilowatts (kW).
Rapid chargers – are one of two types – AC or DC [Alternating or Direct Current]. Current Rapid AC chargers are rated at 43 kW, while most Rapid DC units are at least 50 kW. Both will charge the majority of EVs to 80% in around 30-60 minutes (depending on battery capacity). Tesla Superchargers are also Rapid DC and charge at around 120 kW. Rapid AC devices use a tethered Type 2 connector, and Rapid DC chargers are fitted with a CCS, CHAdeMO or Tesla Type 2.
Fast chargers – include those which provide power from 7 kW to 22 kW, which can fully charge a vehicle in 3-4 hours. Common fast connectors are a tethered Type 1 or a Type 2 socket (via a connector cable supplied with the vehicle).
Slow units – (up to 3 kW) are best used for overnight charging and usually take between 6 and 12 hours for a pure-EV, or 2-4 hours for a PHEV (Plugin hybrid electric vehicle). EVs charge on slow devices using a cable which connects the vehicle to a 3-pin or Type 2 socket.
While workplace charge points are similar to home-based units, power-ratings tend to be higher with more 7 kW and 22 kW units installed. More business units have a double socket, allowing two cars to be charged at the same time.
If you would like more details or a free estimate, call JCE contracting Ltd on 01373 455690.