A brief introduction to EV charging stations
Gone are the days of waiting in long lines at ordinary gas stations. With the introduction of electric vehicles, all EV owners need to do is to charge their car using EV charging stations which can be both installed in public or at home. In this article, we're diving into the details of the working principles of EV charging stations both at home and in public. So, let's get right into it!
How does an EV charging station work?
An EV charging station essentially connects the intelligent vehicle to a grid or an outlet of around 240 volts. Every electric car has a charging port present in it, mainly on the driver's side. The charger itself has two ends; one is connected to the electrical outlet while the other goes into the vehicle's charging port. It accumulates the electricity from the grid and passes it on to the car through this port; this process is almost the same as charging your mobile phones or laptops. Rapid technological advancements have made this process more seamless over time.
How an EV charging station functions also vary depending on whether it's a dumb or intelligent EV charger. Dumb EV chargers are regular charging stations that have no connectivity to the Cloud or the internet and have the sole purpose of charging the vehicle. All you need to do is plug the usually untethered charger in, and you're good to go. In contrast, the working of an intelligent charging station involves the use of a mobile application as well, since it is linked to the Cloud. We have a variety of smart EV chargers available on our website; more details on that are at the end of this article, so be sure to check it out. To analyze the working of an EV station, let's take the example of one of our basic EV chargers, the best OEM Type 2 Wallbox EV Charging Station 32A 3 Phase (22kW) with 20ft IEC62196-2 Cable & SAE J1772 Cable.
After installing the charging station, you must ensure that the wall box is connected to a compatible power source. As we mentioned above, you need to connect your electric car to the wall box with the charging cable (we have a Type 1 to Type 2 cable and a Type 2 to Type 2 cable in stock on our website for this purpose), and your vehicle will be charged. Once the vehicle's battery is up to the desired level, you need to hit the button on the right-hand side of the wall box, and your vehicle will stop charging. If your car's battery is complete, you won't need to press the button since the charging will stop automatically. All that's left to do now is to unplug the charger from its port, wrap it up and organize it.
What about a public EV charging station?
So you know all there is about how EV charging stations work, but you're probably curious about how public stations work as well. Are they the same as petrol or gas stations with those long lines, or do they have the same convenience as charging your car at your home? The answer lies somewhere in between.
Once you drive over to your nearest public station, here's how it'll work: If you're already a registered user, you'd identify yourself with the app and start charging in the same manner as above. You'll connect the vehicle and charging cable, and your car will start charging right away. Once the process is complete, you'll be able to make the payment automatically through the application. If you're not a registered user, don't worry! You can still use the public station, but the only difference is that you'll have to pay via debit or credit card. And that's how a public EV charging station works!
Does the car battery affect the working of a charging station?
If your EV has more battery, then sure, the charging will be done accordingly, and the power will also be used thus, but having more battery has its own drawback. Doing this will make your EV engine heavier, creating uneasiness in the drive. For an EV charging station, this means that it will need more time to get your EV to a full charge. However, if you get a Level 2 charger such as this one from BESEN, you're likely to be done with it sooner than you might think! It even comes with an APP for easy, remote operation, a feature that BESEN prides itself over and differentiates from its competitors. So yes, your car battery can impact the working of your charging station and vice versa.
To wrap it all up
This article has adequately detailed how an EV charging station works. In addition to this, we've also discussed how a public charging station works with the added task of identifying yourself to begin the charging process and clear your payments. There are pros and cons to the working of each method, so it's up to you to choose what works best for your needs. If you're interested in more information about EV charging stations, feel free to check out our related blog posts and start your own discussions among EV users.
Visit us at BESEN
By now, you might be all in for buying an EV to experience the working of a charging station. One of the most reliable companies for this process is BESEN. We're the dream store of every EV owner since we provide high-quality EV charging stations and professional products to our users, so they don't have to suffer under inexperienced hands while trying to fulfill their needs and demands. Whether it is an EV charger, connector, or adapter, we have it all covered! So, what's stopping you from contacting us? Visit our website now and give us a chance to provide you with the best products and services.