When it comes to electric vehicles, challenges are just waiting to be solved. There’s the challenge of range, for example, and battery-powered cars need access to a substantial charging network that can keep those vehicles fully juiced up and ready for regular use. Add to that the cost of an EV purchase and you can see why so many potential buyers have hesitated at making the switch. Make no mistake, though: electric vehicles are here to stay. And with forecasts predicting that more than two-thirds of new passenger cars sold globally will be electrified by 2026, there’s probably no better time to get on board.
What You Should Know About Charging Stations
What are the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to EV charging? First of all, we need to establish a clear understanding of electric vehicle charging station technology. When customers talk about charging stations, they’re usually referring to Level 2 systems. While there are many different models and setups available, Level 2 charging stations fall into two main categories: “inductive” and “convective.” Inductive charging uses a magnetic field to transfer electricity from the power source to the EV’s battery. Convective charging, meanwhile, relies on hot air to carry electricity between the charger and the EV. This setup is generally more efficient than inductive charging, but it’s not as common. It works well only when the temperature of the air inside the charging station is low enough—around room temperature.
Plug-in Sites and Standard Chargers
Once again, it’s important to understand the different types of electric vehicle charging stations available. To begin with, there are “plug-in sites,” which are usually free-standing structures. As their name suggests, these chargers can be used at places like gas stations, public parking lots, resorts, and other public locations that an EV driver might want to charge during his trip.
DC Fast Chargers
DC Fast chargers are designed to replenish batteries that have been depleted by daily driving. They work at DC levels and deliver as much as 50 kW of power to the car. On the downside, they’re usually quite expensive and they require a lot of space—which is why they’re largely used in public locations like parking lots. DC Fast chargers are fairly recent additions to EV charging station technology. As their name suggests, they’re designed to deliver a higher level of power than the average Level 2 charger does. Their advantage is that they’re compatible with any EV out there, regardless of its make or model.
Level 2 Chargers
Now that we’re clear about the basic types of charging stations and the technology that powers them, let’s dig into the specifics of Level 2 charging. For starters, it’s important to note that most modern EVs use a Type 2/2.5 connector for charging, which is what makes this technology so versatile. Level 2 charging is slower than Level 1 charging, but it’s more convenient. It can be used at home and workplaces, while most electric vehicle models are certified for it. EV drivers who primarily use public transportation and spend most of their time driving short distances may want to consider Level 1 charging, which is much faster than Level 2.
ChargePoint + EVgo for High Power Levels
EV charging station providers ChargePoint and EVgo have teamed up to bring high power Level 2 charging to the masses. This is all pretty impressive, but one thing’s for sure: It’s not enough on its own. High power charging is great for long-distance travel, where the time it takes to charge up is the main issue. And that’s why it’s important to promote your charging stations via social media and other online channels, as well as physical outlets. High power charging can be used at home, at workplaces, and public locations like malls, parking lots, and park-and-ride locations. To get the most out of it, you need to make sure that customers know exactly where to find your station.
How to Make Your Charging Station More Effective?
As you can see, there are a lot of options when it comes to finding a place to charge your car. But how can you make sure that your charging location is the most effective for the people who will use it? The answer is simple: Make sure it’s easy to find. If people are having trouble finding your charging station, it means that they’re either not using it or they’re using it only occasionally. In either case, the station itself is probably not effective enough to make a difference in the long run. To make sure that your charging location is effective, here are a few things you can do. – Make sure the station is in an obvious place, such as next to the door of the building where it’s located or near an obvious geographic landmark.
The electric vehicle charging industry is still in its infancy and evolving rapidly. To make sure your station is effective, try these out and see if they work for you. And, as always, don’t forget to keep following the leading industry