EV Chargers and Carbon Tech
O&E have tried and tested lots of EV chargers to find the right ones to power our zero carbon fleet of 12 electrical vehicles. We can advise on all the major brands and are a preferred supplier in Hull and East Yorkshire with access to the grants so you get right products and grant funding. We really have walked the walk with regards to EV chargers and are your go to experts to answer your questions three of the most commonly asked include:
Where is the best place to locate our EV Charging points?
Some of the questions we will guide you through to help you make the best decisions include:
- The type of vehicle you need to charge, and may need to charge in the future?
- Where and how do you park your vehicles?
- What electricity supply is available?
- What speed of charge do you need?
- What length of charging cord will be required?
- How many amps can your electrical vehicles take.
What power supply does an EV Charger require?
You can charge an electric car on the standard single phase domestic supply with a standard charger and benefit from faster charging speeds and built-in safety features. Most UK residential properties use a single-phase power supply, which means most home charge points charge at either 3.7kW or 7kW. To charge above 7kW you need a 3-phase electricity supply. A standard 3 pin plug with an an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) cable should only be used as a last resort.
What are the different EV Charging levels?
There are currently 3 EV charging levels offering very different charge rates:
Level 1 Charging
- A Level 1 charger is simply charging from a standard 230 volts, single phase household supply, which provides approx. 5 miles charge per hour – so perfect for overnight charging.
Level 2 Charging
- A level to charger can recharge at between 12 to 60 miles of range per hour, depending on how much power the charger can supply, and how much power the EV can accept. The level 2 charger offers increased convenience with faster charging times, increased RPH (range per hour) and additional features available from WiFi and smartphone compatibility.
Level 3 or DC Fast Charging
- DC Charging is what is made available at most public charging stations and provides upto 40 miles of range per every 10 minutes of charging which means that you can “fill up” in less than 30 minutes The much higher price of the charging units plus the electricity supply required is direct current (DC) rather than the more common alternating current (AC) means that they are perfect for public charging stations
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