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Features Writer Sanjib Roy

Sanjib Roy

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EV Charging Equipment

EV Charging Equipment

Charging equipment is classified by the maximum amount of power in kilowatts provided to the battery. There are several levels of charging equipment. In North America, the standards are:

AC Level 1, which is a 120-volt (V) alternating current (AC) plug. A full charge at Level 1 can take between 8 and 20 hours, depending on the battery capacity of the vehicle. Charging rate is approximately 1 kW.
AC Level 2, which is a 240-volt AC plug and requires installation of home charging equipment. Level 2 charging can take between 3 and 8 hours, again depending on the battery capacity of the vehicle. Charging rates fall within a range of 3 kW to 20 kW.
Direct Current (DC) fast charging, which is as high as 600 V, enables charging along heavy traffic corridors and at public stations. A DC fast charge can take less than 30 minutes to charge a battery to most of its capacity.

Asian and European countries are evolving charging standards that seek to harmonize with but may not be identical to these standards. Discussions towards broader international standards are ongoing.

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News submitted on: 2019-05-16 09:18:13.

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