To charge an electric car, you will need to plug it into a charging point. In the world there are four main sources for power you can find : at home, at work, public spots and service stations. Sometimes, you will need to have your own separate charging cable, , you will also need to use a higher powered charger if you have a long drive. The charging process is simple, plug in the charger to start charging Depending on the location.
The charging ecosystem
Charging an electric car is different from filling up a petrol / diesel car with gasoline; electric vehicles can get charged whenever they park and return to the vehicle with a full battery.
It’s always better to think “where do I always park?” and look for the available charging points in these places . For many people that means home, then work, and then go somewhere else.
Sometimes you will need to drive past the remaining distance on your battery and need to charge on the way with a fast and powerful charger.
Charging an electric car at home
As long as you have an off road parking lot, you can charge your electric car at home by installing a dedicated home charger. This is usually the best place to charge, especially if you can’t connect all night. A home charging point will offer you the fastest charging speed possible, typically between 10 and 30 miles range per hour. if Wi-Fi is active , you can access to smart features such as power monitoring and software updates. Most home chargers have a cable attached, which you simply plug into your car to start charging. Home chargers are available with a ‘Type 2’ socket that accepts a separate cable and connects to your car in the same way. These different cables are provided by the car manufacturer but if you did not get them or need a backup, you can buy them when you order your home charger. Electric cars can also be plugged into a standard 3-pin home plug, but it will it take a long time to charge and sockets do not have the necessary safety features for a home charger, so it is not considered the best thing to do.
Charging an electric car at work
It is very easy to charge at work, because, like charging at home, your car is usually parked for a long time during the day. Many organizations now include charging stations for staff and visitors as a benefit, for reasons of sustainability or to facilitate switching to electric vehicles. On-demand chargers usually provide the same charging speed as the home charger and usually have a universal “Type 2” socket, which means you’ll need to take your cable to the units. Depending on your organization’s preferences, your billing may be initiated by simply connecting it, such as a home charger, or by using an RFID swipe card or app on your smartphone. Sometimes your workplace may include 50kW fast chargers, but in terms of cost, these can often be used more widely, back to normal cars, than staff cars.
One of the strongest incentives for employers who install charging stations in the workplace are EV drivers (and wannabe drivers) to meet and talk to the HR team to request charging stations as an employee benefit.
Charging an electric car in public places
You can charge your car when it is parked in public places, such as a supermarket, gym, cinema, shopping malls, car parks in the city center – to say the least. It is not uncommon for you to have to charge your battery fully at the destination, but charging frequently means that you do not have to go down or have to wait while your battery is fully charged. The charging stations usually provide 7kW charging, which provides a distance of 20-30 miles per hour connected to battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs). Many of them are provided free of charge by businesses that use them as an incentive to visit their properties. You will need to bring your charging cable and you usually need to download the smartphone app to start your charging (although in some cases it is as easy as just connecting). Some older chargepoints require you to send an “RFID” access card, however these are gradually eliminated, as they do not provide temporary access to drivers.
Charging an electric car on long distance journeys or in emergencies
On long distances you will find that there are times when the distance left on your battery will not get you where you are going. In this case you can use the network of high-powered fast chargers (43-350kW) available at train stations and elsewhere throughout the UK. This is known as router charging. Because they are expensive, and emit a lot of electricity in a short time, fast chargers are usually provided with a paid base. Cables are always tied to 43kW + units, so you do not need to bring your cable to them. There are 3 types of fast charging connectors, depending on your car. Modern fast chargers offer all three levels or at least both DC levels. In some cases you may find that the battery is running low due to excessive local drive and you need emergency charging. Fast chargers are also ideal for this purpose and if you are not near a car service station, they can be found in convenient places like car parks in supermarkets.