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CHARGING FACTS

 

With a plug-in electric vehicle, one is using power as found in the home and this is often the simplest simple place to charge up if you have access to a driveway or garage. Your vehicle will normally have 1 or 2 charging cables with a type two connection or a 16 amp/32 amp cable for a home charge wall pod.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above shows a standard domestic connector and a Type 2 Mennekes connector which is the standard European fitting for Battery Electric vehicles (BEV) and Plug in Hybrid vehicles (PHEV). Vehicle manufacturers generally use two standards either Type 1 J1772 or Type 2 shown above.  Most EV owners choose to charge their vehicles at home or if a business, they may have charging points at the workplace.  It is advisable to get an electrician to check your power supply at home to ensure it is safe for charging as an electric vehicle will draw a high current for a relatively long period and therefore needs its own circuit breaker.  You can also ask an electrician to fit a charge point or wall pod which are available from various reputable suppliers such as Rolec, Chargemaster or Podpoint.  There is a built in device to monitor the charge, either on the charge point or on the inline cable if using a 3 pin socket connection. On most modern electric vehicles, when the vehicle is fully charged, it will stop charging automatically.  Most vehicles have a lock on the fuel cap to prevent any tampering and this is released using the key fob.  New designs have smart apps which can be used to automatically pre-set the charging times. With new electric mobility solutions, the vehicle's interior controls like heating can also be controlled remotely whereas normally for a petrol or diesel car, it would require the engine to be manually switched on.

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