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Rapid and Fast chargers explained…What’s the difference?

Charging your vehicle
When buying an electric vehicle, you will have a home charger fitted, allowing you to charge your vehicle each night using the correct amount of power your battery needs to fully charge each day.

Topping Up
When driving your electric vehicle during the day, you may need to top-up your battery to ensure your journey home has sufficient range – if you’re lucky enough your work place will have a fast charger available to use to charge your car at work.

You will also find fast chargers at places such as shopping centres, local Hospitals and town centres. So you can also charge your car whilst visiting places like this. To find out more about charger locations visit: Zapmaps or Carwow

When to use a Rapid Charger
Most rapid chargers are often found in motorway services or in locations close to main roads, these are for long distances journeys. They need to charge and return to the road within a short period of time. Rapid charging allows an

EV to charge to 80% within 20-40 minutes, depending on you EV battery.
The last 20% of your battery will drop to a slower rate to preserve and maximise charging levels.

Should I buy an EV?
There’s no denying that owning an electric car needs more forethought than a conventional petrol or diesel model requires. Even if you’re confident about how to charge your car and how long this is likely to take, journeys that exceed the batteries’ range will require longer or more frequent pit stops than you might be used to.

In Summary
Although rapid chargers currently are the fastest way to charge your vehicle – it’s not essential to use this method if:

  • You have a home charger and can drive to and from work on one full battery usage and;
  • You have access to a charging station at your work place to top up during the day giving you sufficient battery to get home, to then fully charge at home during the night/ day.

Remember if you need to detour from your normal journey to the shop, for example, you can also top-up your battery to give you sufficient charge to get home.
Also, rapid charging is quick, but it will only ever charge your battery to 80% at a quick rate, to achieve 100% this will take much longer. Not all electric vehicles are compatible to charge from a rapid charger so make sure you check before making a long journey!

For more information about charging at home or work email us: info@elmtronics.co.uk or talk to us on: 0191 417 3719.

2019-11-11T11:57:13+00:00

About the Author:

A marketing professional with over 13 years’ experience in various business sectors including retail, financial services, building industry and public services.Passionate about expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure.