Electric vehicles offer flexible charging options. Cars running on gas need to be driven to the nearest fuel station for refueling, while EV owners have multiple options. It includes the DCFC – the fastest charging station perfect for road trips to rapidly top up EV battery. Destination charging stations are available at shopping mall parking facilities, which allow the EV owners have their batteries charged as they shop.
Home EV charging adds convenience
The EV owner can plug in their EV, while it is parked in the garage all night. In the morning, the EV is prepared to leave with a full charge. According to a survey, 80% of EV charging happens at home. The EV chargers that connect to standard home utility grid systems are AC solutions. They are of two types.
Portable EV chargers
Type 1 and type 2 chargers are used. One cable end is plugged inside the 240V standard household socket, while the other end is attached to your EV’s charging port. EV uses different charging standards. Type 1 employs J1772 plug or Type 2 Mennekes. In Australia, people buy the Mennekes Type 2 stretch charging cable from Jucer.
When you purchase a portable home EV charger look for one with RCD [Residual Current Device] box in the center. It is a crucial safety feature. The RCD monitors current leakage or electricity follow-through unintended direction, it instantly trips the circuit.
If someone touches the live wire through a damaged cable the RCD monitor detects it and cuts the circuit, which prevents electrocution. Type 2 portable chargers are the fastest and need a 3-phase AC connection to offer 22kW of power. Look for the car’s battery capacity, the distance you travel daily, and time constraints before choosing the charger option.
Wall-mounted home EV charger
The wall-mounted EV charger has to be professionally installed in your garage. The driver has to move the EV near the port within reach to plug the car in. Various technologies are incorporated into the wall-mounted chargers for safety. It includes MCBs and residual current devices. Trip hazards are also averted.
Several wall-mounted charging stations include internet connectivity allowing the owners to monitor charging status remotely. They even enjoy other benefits from the software like charging schedules suitable if your utility plan includes low off-peak usage charges at a specific time in the day or night.
Wall-mounted charging stations offer consistent, faster, and consistent charging speeds than portable EV chargers. You can buy wall-mounted chargers from car manufacturers directly.
Advantages of home charging
It is a simple and effective charging solution. Charging an EV is time-consuming, so at home, you can enjoy quality time with your family when the car is charging. Utility rates for residential use are significantly low, so home charging is a cheap solution. You can choose to use the type 1 charger that comes with your EV. However, many EV owners invest in type 2 portable charger for fast charging and as an extra for road trips.