Different Types of Public EV chargers (slow vs rapid)

Slow charging takes several hours. Rapid charging can boost the battery to 80 percent in 30 minutes. 

New research conducted by Zap Map, has shown how many EV drivers opt for at home charging or charging at work. However, now there has been a rise in public networks also providing EV charging. These networks offer both slow and rapid charging points.

The slowest way to charge your EV.

According to new research from the AA’s monthly EV recharge report it has found that the cheapest possible option for EV owners is domestic charging. However, slow chargers have found to be more expensive due to electric vehicle owners paying more for their energy than using a fast charger.

Notably the report has highlighted, slow charging providers offer a subscription service which unlocks lower rates than the average fast charging price. EV manufacturers are claiming that slow charging is better for the battery life.

In addition, typically operating between 2.3 kW and 2.5 kW, slow chargers are commonly used at home but can be found in workplaces due to the long charging times of up to 14 hours. Providing maximum battery life, electric 2W owners can take the chargers to their workplaces minimizing confusion between the charging connectors. Not only is this safer for the vehicle but also cheaper for the owner.

No time to waste?

Research shown on Zap Map has identified that depending on the model of your EV, they can now be charged up to 80% in 10 – 15 minutes, even though an average EV would take around an hour on a standard 50 kW rapid charging point.

There are two types of public rapid chargers, AC and DC. Ultra-rapid DC chargers provide power up to 100 kW to 350 kW, keeping charging times down to as little as 20 – 30 minutes. On the other hand, using an AC charger can charge your car to 80% in 20 – 40 minutes, providing power at 43 kW.

Nevertheless, these rapid chargers are free to use, with over 283 available to use around the country. Whereas slow chargers are now on street and do come with a cost explaining why there are only 10.2% available to use, free of charge.

Nearly A Third Of Fleets Are Behind On EV Targets – https://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-news/nearly-a-third-of-fleets-are-behind-on-ev-targets/

The UK’s Rapid Charger Network Grew By Nearly 80% In 2022 – https://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-news/the-uks-rapid-charger-network-grew-by-nearly-80-in-2022/

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