With electric vehicles (EVs) increasing in demand, there’s no doubt that very soon almost every household will need an EV charging point. There are several factors you will need to consider as you install these charging points. The following tips will come in handy.
First Things First
As you consider installing a charging point?, the first thing is to evaluate the car model you wish to have, if you have not yet purchased one. This is important because different car models need different charging points.
Also, it is essential to note that this does not mean that your car needs another charger. It already has one that collects alternating current from your household to the direct current in its batteries.
A charging station will always be limited by the circuit size available in a location. Trying to have a charging station where the circuit size is less than the power needed, will eventually lead to a power outage. To be safe, your power usage and speed should be maintained within 80% of the circuit size.
Slower rate charging is generally more energy efficient. With high-speed charging, there is a lot of electricity lost as heat in the wiring. This is even worse if the line between the charging point and the power station is long.
For someone charging overnight, you do not need a charging station with a high-speed capability as such. This is unless you plan on travelling a long-distance the following day. Many of the plug-in hybrids you will find in the market have a limited electric range. This will allow for 5 hours charging time using a level 1 charger.
Find a location that is bigger than your charging point. This will come in handy when durability and efficiency are in question. The best charging station should supply at least 40 amps of current for 15 amps cars.