As the world shifts to electric mobility, a suitable charging infrastructure network is becoming more important. EV charging is available in many places such as public charging stations, workplace parking lots and even private driveways. However, the type of charger used in each location and the amount of time needed to charge your EV will depend on the type of EV you own and your daily driving habits.
A standard household outlet will not provide sufficient power to properly charge an EV due to the high current that is required to do so. This is why specialists developed a mode 2 EV charging cable that has an in-cable control and protection device (IC-CPD) to perform the required control and safety functions. This cable has a standard plug on one end, a type 1 or type 2 EV connector on the other and an in-cable IC-CPD that limits the maximum current it can draw.
Mode 3 DC fast charging is the fastest EV charging method and uses a 480V power supply. Typically, DC fast charging stations are located along highways and busy roads which makes it convenient for long-distance trips.
EV drivers can use their own dedicated Mode 3 EV charging cables or buy the more affordable standard ones that come with most new EVs for easy and affordable public charging at gas stations and shopping plazas on road trips. Mode 1 AC charging is the slowest and usually only done overnight. Depending on your needs, you may find that a Mode 1 AC charging station is enough to cover most of your EV’s charging requirements. EV Charging Modes