How an EV Charger Works?
An EV Charger works by converting alternating current (AC) electricity from the grid to direct current (DC). The electricity is altered when the cable from the charging station is plugged into the port of your electric car and continues until the battery is fully charged. This makes it a convenient method and a cost-effective way to power your vehicle.
Which EV Charger Should I buy?
When it comes to EV Chargers, there are three main types available on the market to choose from: Level 1 Chargers, Level 2 Chargers and DC Fast Chargers.
Level 1 Chargers - These are considered the slowest charger available. They use a standard 120-volt household outlet that can add approximately 5 miles of range per hour of charging.
Level 2 Chargers - These are faster than Level 1 Chargers that use a 240-volt outlet. Level 2 chargers can add approximately 25 miles of range per hour of charging.
DC Fast Chargers - These are the fastest EV Chargers available that can add around 80 miles of range in approximately 15 minutes of charging. DC Chargers are typically found at public charging stations but are becoming a popular choice among installers for home installations.
While there are 3 types available, a 7.4kW charger generally be recommended for an average home & EV in the UK - however if you are looking to save some money, a 3.6kW charger would suffice if you don’t mind slower charging speeds.
Chargers come with various features such as built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth compatibility and voice control. For example, the Wallbox Pulsar range
features a compact, robust design that provides a powerful, fast charge. It also comes with a range of helpful smart features to make EV charging even easier.
What Plug Connection will I need?
There are two different connectors available for charging an electric car at home.
Type 1 connectors - are older, and differently shaped to the standard type 2 socket. They are rare these days, with most new EVs using type 2 connectors. However, they are still available for those with pre-2014 electric vehicles.
Type 2 connectors - are the most commonly used socket for electric cars. This is because EU regulations state that all plug-in vehicles manufactured after 2014 must have a Type 2 socket.