Why you should install a charging station at home

Having your own charging station at home makes charging faster, safer and more reliable. This is what you need to know.

Electric vehicles usually come with a Mode-2 charging cable included. Mode-2 cables have a type 2 plug that fits the inlet in your car in one end, and a regular plug designed for ordinary wall sockets in the other. Contrary to what some new owners of electric vehicles believe, this cable is only intended emergency use, when no other charging options are available.

Everyday use of the Mode-2 cable and a regular wall socket for charging is not recommended for several reasons, among them are;

  • Regular sockets are not designed to withstand high throughput over long periods of time. Charging through a wall socket should never exceed 10A.
  • Regular sockets are usually not connected to dedicated circuits. With other devices using from the available power, charging becomes unreliable.
  • Regular sockets don’t have adequate earth fault monitoring and protection.
  • For the reasons listed above, Mode-2 cables are limited to 10A / 2,3 kW, less than the charging capacity of most cars.
  • Daily connection and disconnection of the plug rapidly causes wear.

Benefits of installing a charging station at home.

Charge Faster. Because a charging station allows you to make use of the full charging capacity of your vehicle. While charging through a Mode-2 cable and regular socket is limited to 10A and 2,3 kW, a charging station is installed with a dedicated 16A circuit or higher. Charging stations also come either with a mounted Mode-3 cable, or with an outlet for a separate Mode-3 cable. Mode-3 cables come in several dimensions, all with greater capacity than a Mode-2 cable. With a 16A circuit you can choose a Mode-3 cable giving you a charging effect up to 11 kW. Since charging stations are installed with a dedicated circuit, charging times become reliable and predictable.

Charge Safer. Because a charging station is designed to charge electric vehicles and fulfills all relevant safety norms*. A charging station is connected to a dedicated circuit with a larger load capacity and appropriate fuse, and it has earth fault protection type B and DC protection. The charging station also warns you of any errors, and stops the power supply when the vehicle is fully charged.

Having a charging station installed may also increase the value of your home, making it an even better investment for the future.

Find the right charging station for your vehicle here  or go to salto.no to read more about our charging solutions (Norwegian).

*  (Norway) DSB, Elbilforeningen, Normsamling NEK400:2014 – Norsk Elektroteknisk Komite