Day: July 8, 2023

Types of Electric Vehicle ChargersTypes of Electric Vehicle Chargers

Electric vehicle chargers are like the charging ports on smartphones, but instead of a single standardized connector type, each car manufacturer uses its own design. That makes it critical to know what kind of charger your new EV takes before you start plugging in, especially at public stations. The lowest-rated cords provide only 16 amps (3.8 kW at 240 volts), so it can take four hours to charge an EV like a Toyota Rav4 Prime or 18 hours for the Tesla Model 3 Long Range. Top-rated models deliver 32 amps (7.7 kW at 240 volts) and can recharge that same Rav4 in about two hours or the Model 3 in less than 10.

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Some EVs come with chargers that can be plugged into a standard wall outlet, and EVs can also plug into Level 1 home charging stations, which require a 240-volt, 50-ampere (or more) power socket similar to one needed for some appliances. Using a Level 2 charger at home, or at a commercial location, can save you money by refueling your car overnight when electricity demand and prices are lowest, which is typically cheaper than filling up with gasoline. URL :

For even faster recharging, there’s a third option—DC fast charging. This is what’s used at public DC fast chargers, and also offered by companies like Electrify America and EVgo. This technology delivers higher levels of DC current directly to the EV battery, without converting it first into AC, so charging times are much quicker than with Level 2. NYC DOT is installing 13 DC fast charger hubs in city-owned parking lots and garages around the five boroughs, each of which has a Combined Charging System (CCS) or CHAdeMO connector—compatible with most EVs but not Teslas, which have their own special connection.