SIMPLE GUIDE TO EV CHARGING 

We appreciate the world of EV charging is full of acronyms terms and jargon. 

In this guide we try to simplify the jargon and confusion and answer the most common questions. 

What do I need to charge my EV at home? 

This depends on your daily mileage. Most people charge whilst parked at home overnight . 

A charger that plugs into a 3 pin domestic socket  will give approximately 90 to 95  miles of range during a 12 hour overnight charge ( 7 pm to 7 am for example).

If you do less than 90 miles in your daily commute a 3 pin domestic charger is perfectly adequate for your needs.  

If your daily commute/ mileage is more than 90 miles then you may want to consider a more powerful 7KW charger ( 240miles of range in 12 hours ). The costs involved in purchasing the 7 KW charger are higher at around £1000 plus fully installed. 

I want to charge at my local Supermarket/ Public parking / Service station what cable do I need?

The charges found at public car parks, service stations and supermarkets all have a universal socket outlet which is a common/ standard across the UK and Europe.

All our cables and coiled cables ( except tethered cables)  have a connector at one end that fits this universal standard perfectly. 

All you need to do is select the correct cable for your vehicle ( Type 1 or Type 2-see below) 

What is a Type 1 and a Type 2 and what do I need for my vehicle type? 

Type 1 and Type 2 refer to the shape of the plug/connector used to charge your electric vehicle.

More than 95% of vehicles sold in the UK use a Type 2 plug/connector. 

Only a few vehicles use a Type 1 plug connector. The most popular models using a Type 1 plug/ connector are the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Nissan Leaf pre 2018.

Pretty much all other vehicles ( with a few limited exceptions- see table at the end of this guide*) use a Type 2 Plug/ Connector.

I keep seeing 2, 7, 22, 50KW ( kilowatts) what does this mean ?

This means the amount of electricity/ charge you vehicle will receive in a given period of time. 

The table below translate this jargon into the range added to your vehicle for each hour of charging.  

2.3 KW  approximately 8 miles of range per hour of charge

7 KW approximately 20 miles of range per hour of charge

22 KW approximately 60 miles of range per hour of charge

50 KW approximately 120 miles of range per hour of charge

Not all EVs will take high charge rates. Most EV's take at least 7 KW of charge and as the EV industry develops higher charge rates are becoming more and more common.

What does 16 and 32 amp mean?

Think of your EV cable as a pipe.

A 32 amp cable is in effect a larger pipe with a bigger diameter than a 16 amp cable and can carry more electricity giving a higher and therefore fast charge rate.  

What length cable do I need ?

This depends on your needs.

The longer the cable the more versatile you can be in charging, for example with a 10 M cable if someone is parked in charging bay you can double park and still charge.

The shorter the cable the less you have to carry in your vehicle and the less space you lose and weight you have to carry.    

 

The above is a very basic guide that answer most  common questions asked but not all. 

Have another question  please call us on - 0333 577 3836 or email us at sales@ev-extras.com we would be pleased to assist.  

 

 

Vehicles that use a Type1 plug/ connector*

Chevrolet Volt

Dynamo Taxi

Fisker Karma

Fiat 500

Ford C - Max

Ford Focus

Ford Transit

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi I Miev

Peugeot Galicia

Peugeot iON

Peugeot Partner

Nissan eNV-200

Nissan Leaf pre 2018

Renault Kangoo

Toyota Auris

Toyota Prius pre 2017