Different types of Charge Points

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Different types of charge points available are explained below.

  • 3.7 kW power over AC, takes:
    • 8 hours to charge 30 kWh battery pack
    • 12 hours to charge 40 kWh battery pack
    • 16 hours to charge 60 kWh battery pack
  • Usually intended for regular charging overnight

  • 7 kW power over 1-phase AC, takes:
    • 4 hours to charge 30 kWh battery pack
    • 8 hours to charge 60 kWh battery pack
  • 22 kW power over 3-phase AC, takes:
    • 2 hours to charge 30 kWh battery pack
    • 3 hours to charge 60 kWh battery pack
  • Maximum charging rate is vehicle-specific
  • Intended for destination charging where vehicle would remain parked for a few hours

  • 43 kW power over 3-phase AC, or 50 kW power DC, or upto 120 kW power DC (Tesla Supercharger)
  • Takes about 20-60 minutes to charge upto 80% capacity
  • Charging power exponentially declines for the remainder 20% depending on specific battery design limitations
  • Supplies DC power directly to battery (no on-board converter in car needed)
  • Intended for opportunity charging for a quick top-up

Ultra-Rapid Charging!

Charge point providers are starting to install next-generation ultra-rapid chargers in a limited number of locations across the UK – for example BP Chargemaster’s 150 kW charge points recently added to the Polar Network.

Other providers like Fastned, have installed in the North East, several 175 kW chargers which are also enabled for 350 kW charging as a future proofing measure. It should however be remembered that the rate of charging is determined by a vehicle’s onboard technology and not the external charge point.

Pod-Point, a charge point hardware company has produced EV Guide page which may be of help to you.