How To Use Public EV Chargers
As the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow, public charging stations have become a common sight. Knowing how to use these stations efficiently is essential for any EV owner. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of using public EV chargers, explain the basics of EV charging, and introduce you to the different types of public chargers you may encounter.
What Is Public EV Charging?
Public EV charging refers to the infrastructure of electric vehicle charging stations that are accessible to the general public. These stations are strategically located in various places, such as shopping centres, parking lots, and along highways, to provide EV owners with convenient access to charging services.
How To Use Public Electric Car Charging Stations
Using public electric car charging stations is a straightforward process:
- Locate a Charging Station: Use a mobile app or website to find nearby public charging stations. Alternatively, look for signs indicating charging station locations.
- Park Your EV: Park your electric vehicle in the designated charging bay. Ensure your vehicle’s charging port is accessible to the charger.
- Connect the Cable: Depending on the type of charger, you may need to use your own charging cable or one provided at the station. Plug the cable into your vehicle’s charging port.
- Initiate Charging: Follow the instructions on the charger or the app to start the charging process. Some stations may require you to swipe an RFID card or use a mobile app for payment.
- Monitor the Charging: Stay with your vehicle or keep an eye on the charging process through the app. Most public charging stations provide real-time updates on the charging status.
- Complete Charging: When your vehicle’s battery is adequately charged or you’ve reached your desired charging level, stop the charging process through the app or charger interface.
- Disconnect and Move: Once charging is complete, unplug the cable from your vehicle and return it to its designated place if required. Then, safely drive away.
How Does EV Charging Work?
Electric vehicle charging involves transferring electricity from the charging station to the vehicle’s battery. The process includes converting alternating current (AC) from the charger to direct current (DC) compatible with the vehicle’s battery system. This ensures safe and efficient charging.
Types of Public Chargers
What are the main types of public chargers? What do they look like?
There are several types of public chargers, including:
- Level 1 Chargers: Typically, these are standard household outlets (120V) that offer slow charging.
- Level 2 Chargers: These chargers provide faster charging and are commonly found in public charging stations.
- DC Fast Chargers: The fastest option, these chargers can provide a significant amount of charge in a short time.
Public chargers come in various shapes and sizes, but they often have clear signage and are easily recognisable.
At DANLEC, we’re committed to helping you make the most of your EV ownership experience. Whether you’re new to electric vehicles or an experienced EV owner, we’re here to provide guidance and support for all your charging needs. Get in touch with us to find out more!