Are all-electric vehicle chargers the same? If not, why aren't electric vehicle chargers standardised?
No problem refuelling your car, but what about charging the e-vehicle? What's the deal? Good question, because even if the electric vehicle is normal, a lot appears to be different here in some ways. Electric vehicle owners are suddenly confronted with the search for e-charging stations, as well as the need to question domestic electrical installations from a new perspective. Because even if electric vehicles are particularly quiet themselves, they can quickly make the head of their owner buzz. What if the "juice" is all? Are all-electric vehicle chargers the same? Do charging stations for e-vehicles work like conventional filling stations? We have put together the most important questions/answers that are sure to arise for anyone who is thinking of buying an electric vehicle.
Are all-electric vehicle chargers the same?
The answer to this question is NO. There are different types of Electric vehicle Chargers depending on the type of Electric Vehicle you own. This is not like the same petrol pump for all traditional vehicles with standardized nozzles, electric vehicle chargers are different and specific. The Indian government has defined specific chargers for low-power electric vehicles, but it is different in the case of new high-power electric SUVs.
Why aren't electric vehicle chargers standardised?
As technology changes rapidly, so do the standards for new and emerging technologies. As technology advances and stabilizes, standardization becomes more practical. Today's EV technology is still evolving with rapid growth / rapid change. However, Level 2 chargers that provide alternate current are standard chargers for electric vehicles to some extent. There are two competing methods for fast charges: Tesla and CCS + CHAdeMO. That is not to say that the latter usually uses the same charger, but with two different transmission plugs/cables.
How does a charging station work?
Diesel, petrol with traditional vehicles, you know your way around the pump. But how does it work with refuelling electric vehicles? A basic distinction is made between conventional charging stations and fast-charging stations. To understand it, it is also important to know that the batteries of electric vehicles store direct current. In normal charging stations, the alternating current that comes from the mains is converted by the charger integrated into the vehicle. The electric vehicle is connected in one phase directly via a charging cable or an in-cable control box. The charger is particularly powerful and integrated into the charging station. Only the battery management is taken over by the electric vehicle. The current strength is adjusted and the charging process is ended when the battery is fully charged. Another charging principle is three-phase charging, in which the vehicle is connected to the three-phase alternating current network via a charging station or a corresponding socket. Since the battery still requires direct current, the charger rectifies the three-phase current.
How does the charging process work in an electric car?
Anyone who deals with the charging process of an electric vehicle for the first time quickly comes up with the question of how "charging up" works. But this is quite simple and is similar to the process of refuelling a vehicle that runs on diesel or gasoline.
Proceed as follows at the charging station to charge the electric vehicle:
- Turn off the engine of your electric vehicle.
- Authorize yourself or log into the charging station. Depending on the provider, this is done using an online portal, or .
- Open the cover of the charging socket. As a rule, this is where the fuel tank opening is on the combustion engine or the front of the electric vehicle, specifically the car.
- Connect your e vehicle to the charging station. Depending on the charging station, a cable is available or you may have to plug in your cable. In this case, first, connect the cable to the charging station and then to your charging socket.
- Release the charging process to start it.
- When fully charged, the charging process stops automatically with the Kazam charging station. If you would like to end the charging process early, this can be done, depending on the vehicle, for example via a stop button inside the vehicle, via the vehicle key, or the app.
- Log off from the charging station.
- Disconnect the connection between your e-car and the charging station. First, pull the plug on your vehicle.
- Good ride!