How Does An Ev Charger Work?

How Does An Ev Charger Work? 

Electrical Vehicle (EV) charging is an important feature of owning an electric vehicle. Within this blog post, we’ve covered all issues relating to electrical vehicle charging, discover more about the world of EV charging today.

How Does An EV Charger Work?

Charging an electric vehicle is simple: you plug your electric vehicle into a suitable charger that is connected to the electric grid. There are three different types of EV charging stations: Level 1 charging stations, Level 2 charging stations, and DC Fast Chargers (Level 3 charging stations). Most electric vehicles have converters that plug into an electrical outlet or a high-capacity appliance outlet. Other electric vehicles use a charging station that provides electrical conversion, monitoring, or safety functionality.

Can You Charge An Electric Car With A Regular Outlet?

You can charge an electric vehicle using a standard domestic 3 pin socket, but a home EV charger will provide you with much more power. An EV home charger will typically deliver around 7kW of power, this is around 3 times as much power as using a domestic 3 pin socket. Home EV chargers are also much safer than a standard domestic 3 pin socket as they are designed to deliver power over a long time period.

Are EV Chargers AC or DC?

EV Chargers are both AC and DC but most EV Charging stations that you come across use AC charging. The standard charging speed of an AC EV Charging station is 22 kW, depending on the electric vehicle that you own. AC EV Charging stations are ideal for charging your vehicle at work or at home as it takes longer to fully charge your electric vehicle. DC charging stations are more common near motorways and at service stations, as it takes quicker to fully recharge your electric vehicle. However, DC charging is slowly being used in homes across the UK, making it easier and faster to fully charge your electric vehicle.

What are Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 EV Chargers?

A level 1 charging station uses a standard two volt-connection, which uses any standard household outlet. A downside to a level 1 charging station is that charging times can be slow. A level 1 charger will typically provide between 4 to 5 miles of range per hour. Some people may find that this is sufficient, especially if they don’t drive far every day and can leave the car plugged in throughout the day.

A Level 2 EV Charger uses a higher output 240-volt power source and charging times are much quicker than with a standard level 1 EV Charging station. A Level 2 EV charger is ideal for those who do the majority of their charging at home and drive long distances.

A Level 3 EV Charging station is fast a charging device that uses high voltage and can add 90 miles of range to an electric vehicle in as quickly as 30 minutes. These chargers are expensive and can damage your car’s battery if used on a frequent basis.

How To Get An Electrical Car Charging Point Installed At Home?

To have an electrical charging point installed at home you will need to have dedicated off-street parking and permission from your landlord (if you’re renting). You may also need a WiFi connection at your property or a SIM router with a 3G or 4G SIM. The typical cost for a home charging point and installation is approximately £1000. OLEV Who is a team working across the government to support the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) currently offers applicants £350 towards this cost. Energy Saving Trust who is an organization devoted to promoting energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the sustainable use of energy will also provide £300 further funding on top of this. You are only eligible for the £350 funding from OLEV if the EV Charger is installed by an OLEV-accredited supplier. For funding from Energy Saving Trust, installations must be carried out by one of their approved installers.

How Often Should You Charge An Electric Car At Home?

Most electric vehicles are currently capable of around 100 miles of driving before they need to be recharged. Most people will charge their electric vehicle weekly but this depends on their driving habits and if they are using the car frequently.

Here at AAK Electrical, we specialize in the installation and maintenance of domestic and commercial EV chargers in London and the South of England. We are are an approved supplier and installer of EV chargers from some of the UK’s leading EV charge point manufacturers, including Rolec, Zappi, (My Energi), Schneider, and Pod Point. We are proud to be approved by OLEV to install vehicle charge points in London, under the Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme and the Workplace Charge Point Scheme. Find out more about the Electrical Vehicle Home Charger Scheme and the Workplace Charge Point Scheme today.

If you would like to find out more information about our EV Chargers then please get in touch with us today. AAK Electrical is proud to be approved by OLEV to install electric vehicle EV charge points in London. Discover how we can help you. You can get in touch with us by using our contact form, by emailing us at: office@aakelectrical.co.uk, or alternatively if you would prefer to discuss your requirements over the telephone then please do so on 020 8800 1630.