It makes sense that an electric car needs to be charged. This can be done in several ways: a charging station in front of your house or somewhere public close to your house, a charging station along the highway and it is even possible to charge an electric car at home through a power outlet. These diverse charging methods contribute to the practicality and feasibility of owning an electric vehicle. The integration of commercial-grade EV chargers furthers the expansion of charging infrastructure, catering to the increasing community of electric vehicle users, and ensuring they have access to diverse and accessible charging facilities. This inclusive approach supports the seamless adoption of electric vehicles into daily life, promoting sustainability and convenience. Do you want to know more about these opportunities to charge your car? Read more in this blog.
Charging your car with a public charging point
When we talk about charging stations, we can make a difference between a privately charging station or a public one. What actually the major difference is that for the public charging station you need a subscription. Because of the subscription, they can calculate the costs. When you go to a public charging station, you have to scan a pass so it can be registered. The public charging station is useful when you are on the road and your car needs to be charged. It is usually used when you need to charge your car for a longer time cause it is not the fastest way to charge your car.
Charging your car with a fast charge point
A fast charging station can be used to quickly charge your car when the battery is low. Whereas a ‘normal charging station’ takes 6 to 10 hours to fill up your battery, a fast charging station takes about 20 to 40 minutes before the battery is at 80 percent. The fast-charging poles are generally located a lot along highways. At the fast charging stations, there are usually cables with various plugs. So you don’t need a special cable. With EV charging infrastructure there is data from charging points all over the world. So if you use Google Maps, they will give you the right data for finding charging points. Eco-Movement is an supplier for EV charging stations dataset. They provide the right data for companies like TomTom and Google Maps.
Charging your car at home
It is not really possible to set up a fast charging station at home yet. However, it is possible to charge your car at home. This can be done via a charging station or via a wallbox. These two things are basically the same only one is a pole and the other a box on the wall. The advantage of a charging pole/wallbox is that it is always available. There is also an option to charge an electric car through an regular outlet. This is not what is recommended as it can take a very long time.