Updated: Mar 23
The automobile market is in the midst of its most significant transformation. The use of internal combustion engines is being phased out across the world, with electric cars replacing them. Instead of gasoline-powered engines, vehicles will be electric and will run on a battery system with powerful drive trains.
It is expected that by 2035, 90% of automobiles on the market will be electric, and that by 2050, virtually all trucks on the road will be electric. Some nations are already well ahead of the curve. From 2025, Norway will cease to sell petrol or diesel cars. The United Kingdom will shortly follow suit, with no petrol or diesel cars. See https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/108960/2030-petrol-and-diesel-ban-what-it-and-which-cars-are-affected for more details.
You've undoubtedly seen charging stations springing up across the nation at gas stations, and grocery and public parking lots. The devices are either connected or disconnected.
Charge points with tethered units are convenient to use since they come with charge cables attached.
Untethered charge points necessitate the user to bring their own charge cables. As a consequence, many electric vehicle drivers keep a pair of charge cables in their boot in case they need to use an untethered charge point.
EV charging - how does it really work?
The cable links to a charge point and a car, which completes a circuit that allows for charging to occur. The current will flow from the charge point to the automobile and battery system, charging up the drivetrain batteries. When the batteries are full, or when the vehicle has sufficient power, the charge is complete.
There are two types of EV chargers: Level 2 and Level 3. Not all electric cars or trucks charge at the same rate, so it's important to know what kind of charger you need for your vehicle. There are several different sorts of Electric Vehicles, therefore there are also various types of electric vehicle chargers. The sort of charger and the number of kilowatts that it provides will ascertain how long it takes to fully charge an electric vehicle.
What’s the difference between level 2 and level 3 EV chargers
The vast majority of level 2 chargers are 240-volt units that deliver 30 to 80 amps, providing up to 19.2 kilowatts (kW) of power. A full charge using a level 2 charger can take anywhere from four to eight hours, depending on the size of the vehicle's battery.
There are a limited number of level 3 chargers in existence, and they're only found at public charging stations. They provide up to 500 volts and hundreds of amps, giving them much higher power output than level 2 chargers. A full charge from a level 3 charger can take as little as 20 to 30 minutes.
If you have an EV, you will need to purchase a charging station. You can buy either a level 2 or a level 3 charger, depending on your needs. If you have a level 2 charger, you'll need a 240-volt unit that delivers 30 to 80 amps. If you have a level 3 charger, you'll need a 500-volt unit that delivers hundreds of amps. Once you've purchased your charger, you'll have to install it in your home.
Are the cables different for the level 2 and level 3 chargers?
Next, you'll have to purchase charge cables. If you have a level 2 charger, you'll need a 240-volt cable that delivers 30 to 80 amps. If you have a level 3 charger, you'll need a 500-volt cable that delivers hundreds of amps.
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Once you have your charger and charge cables, you'll have to connect them to your electric vehicle. To do this, simply plug the charging cable into the charging port on your electric vehicle. Then, plug the other end of the charging cable into the charging station.
Now, you're ready to charge your electric vehicle! Simply press the "Charge" button on your charger, and wait for the charging process to begin. Depending on the type of charger you have, it may take several hours to fully charge your electric vehicle's batteries.
Once your electric vehicle is fully charged, simply unplug the charging cable from the charging port on your electric vehicle. Then, unplug the other end of the charging cable from the charger. Be sure to safely store your charge cables so that they're readily available for future use.
That's it! You now know how to charge your electric vehicle using a charging station. With a little practice, you'll be able to charge your electric vehicle quickly and easily.
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