EV advice: Choose the right charging technology

9/13/18, 5:00 PM -

Most buildings in Europe have a three-phase connection. In UK, Ireland and Scandinavia they have single-phase systems. It has to match with your EV to charge efficiently.

The sockets for charging at a Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid Outlander.

Three-phase installations (400 volts) can produce greater outputs. A wall box should comply with at least type2 of the international standardisation. Such charging systems allow direct current as well as alternating current as the source.

You can tell a type2 plug by its flattened top edge and the missing locking lid. You can use 230 volts or 400 volts alternating current, i.e. single- or three-phase systems.

At such a charge point (output: 43 kilowatts), you can charge the 22 kilowatt hours battery of a vehicle within half an hour.

So-called rapid charging systems (CCS: Combined Charging System, also called Combo1 or Combo2) run on direct current. For the moment, they are just being built along motorways and main roads. Surely this technology will soon also be available to private or commercial users. (HS)

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