Why you should install a home charger
Installing a home EV charging stations makes charging faster, safer and more reliable. This is what you need to know about charging at home.
About that cable that came with the car
Most electric vehicles are delivered with a Mode 2 charging cable. These have a type 2 plug that fits your car in one end and a plug for ordinary sockets in the other. Contrary to what many new owners of electric cars believe, this cable is only intended emergency use, when no charging station is available.
Avoid charging through a regular socket
Regularly using the Mode 2 charger and a regular socket for charging is not recommended for several reasons;
- Regular sockets are not designed to withstand high throughput over long periods of time. This may cause heat to build up and create a fire hazard.
- Regular sockets are usually not connected to dedicated circuits. Using other loads on the same circuit will make charging times unreliable.
- Regular sockets usually don’t have adequate earth fault monitoring and protection.
- For the reasons listed above, Mode 2 cables are limited to 10A / 2,3 kW, much less than the charging capacity of most cars.
- Connecting and disconnecting the plug rapidly causes wear and cables may have to be replaced.
The benefits of a home charger
Charge more efficiently. Charging with the Mode 2 cable and a regular socket limits charging to 10A and 2,3 kW. This is far below the full charging capacity of new EVs. A charging station has a dedicated circuit of 16A or more. This allows you to take advantage of the full charging capacity of your vehicle.
Charging stations come with a mounted cable or an outlet for separate Mode 3 cables, which are available in several dimensions. With a 16A circuit, you can choose a Mode 3 cable that provides a charging effect of up to 22 kW. A dedicated circuit also makes charging times far more reliable.
Charge more safely. Charging stations fulfill all relevant safety requirements and norms. The installer connects the charging station to a dedicated circuit with at least 16A. The charging station also has earth fault protection type B and safety features that protect both you, your car and the charging station itself.
Installing a charging station may also increase the value of your home, making it an even better investment for the future.
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