EV CHARGING STATIONS

A charging station also called an EV charger or electric vehicle supply equipment is a piece of equipment that supplies electrical power for charging plug-in electric vehicles

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The first thing to understand: The car has the REAL charger inside it. This accepts AC from the power grid as 110 to 240 volts AC. The charger requires the EVSE, a device connected to the charging cord and plug, to tell the car's charger that it is connected to the appropriate power line, how much current is available, and that it can turn on.

The higher the capacity of the charger, the faster it charges your vehicle. Higher amps means a quicker charge.

Most cars limit the charge rate to 3.3kw (under 16 amps ) so a level II EVSE of 32 or 40 amps will not charge those cars any faster. Be sure you know the charge rate of the vehicle you want to determine the best Charging Station for you.

FORMS OF EVSE CHARGERS 

  1. Wall-mounted and hard wired to home circuit

  2. Wall-mounted with a plug with a special outlet

  3. Portable (cord mounted) plugged into the home

CURRENTS PROVIDED

  1. Level I: 120 volts (a typical outlet)

  2. Level II: 240 volts

  3. Both 120 volt or 240-volt service

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