The hardware that charges an electric vehicle battery with electricity is known as the electric vehicle supply apparatus (EVSE). It is sometimes referred to simply as the charging station. It is located outside the vehicle or as part of a charging cord. The car’s charging station converts AC power from DC to AC. Faster EVSEs that use DC power doesn’t require an external charger. Instead, the power is fed directly into the battery without any conversion.
What Are The Charges For Each Level And How Long Is It Expected To Take To Get Charged?
Charging levels refer to the amount of power that a vehicle receives. Level one is the lowest and level three the highest. You can use our range or charging tool for a better understanding of the ranges of EVs as well as how long it takes to fully charge them.
What Types Are There Of Chargers?
Most car companies that sell EVs offer the standard 10-Amp home plug as a minimum charge option. Due to the international nature of the EV industry and its rapid development, plugs can be found in many different countries.
Australia uses Type 2 Stretch Charging Cable for Audi. The CCS and CHAdeMO are used for DC charging.
Tesla supercharge station only services Tesla vehicles, due to a Tesla exclusive plug.
Where Can You Charge An Electric Vehicle?
You can charge an electric vehicle at home, work, or other public locations, such as highways and supermarkets.
How To Use EV Chargers?
The charging process for an EV may vary depending upon the charging station used, as well as the method of payment. It is generally possible to charge an EV by:
If the charging cables are not attached, connect the charging cable to your charging station.
Connect the cable and the EV. You will hear a locking sound. If the charging station charges no extra or is free, the EV will begin charging automatically. An indicator light on the dashboard will let you know if the EV charges.
If the charging station does not come free, companies will use alternative payment methods such as dedicated cards, credit cards, and mobile apps to pay.
The app will display the status of the charge or the time when the EV is fully charged. Once the battery is fully charged, the connector cable should not be plugged into the EV.
Charging Your Electric Automobile
It is very easy to keep your EV charged. It only takes a little planning and some good habits.
EV owners just like those who own petrol cars, like to re-top up their batteries when necessary. Others prefer to re-fill their batteries as soon as they notice that the battery is getting low. Some EV owners charge at home, while others rely on charging at work or in public places like shopping malls, public charging stations, or other locations. Most use a combination. You should only plan for longer trips where you can charge.
No matter if you’re already an EV owner or planning to buy one, this information will help you find the perfect charging solution for your priorities and needs.
Optimizing Your Charging
By not charging the EV at 100%, you can prolong its battery life. A battery that is only charged to about 80% will last longer. However, longer trips may require charging the battery at a maximum of 80%. This topic is best discussed with your EV dealer.
In most areas of Australia, it’s possible to drive long distances with your EV. You only need to search for public EV charger stations on your route, their type, and approximate how long it will take to recharge based on the distance travelled.
Based on the charging location, you can plan your overnight stay and your route.