4 Types of EV Chargers

Keeping your car on the go is vital, so it’s important to understand the different types of EV chargers and where you’ll be able to use them.

Charging an electric vehicle is very different to filling up a petrol car, and certain chargers will be more suitable than others. So, read on to learn more about the 4 types of EV chargers.

1. Slow chargers

As the name suggests, slow chargers or ‘granny chargers’ are the slowest type of EV charger – charging at a rate of 3kW to 6kW. Slow charging can take upwards of 12 hours to complete, so it’s a good option for overnight charging. Generally speaking, you’ll find slow chargers at home or sometimes at your workplace. Lamp post EV chargers are usually also slow charging.

Whilst plugging your charger into a domestic socket can work as a slow charger, charging in this way is considerably slower than other (already slow) methods and can pose a higher risk of fire or electric shock. Installing a dedicated EV charger is the best option. Slow chargers are usually untethered, so you’ll need your own charging cable to use them.

2. Fast chargers

Out of all the types of EV chargers, fast chargers are the most commonly used in the home. You’ll also find these chargers when you’re out in town – as many are located in shopping centre and supermarket car parks, for example. Fast charge points typically range between 7kW and 22kW, and can charge your car in around 8 hours.

Fast charging is ideal for when you’re at home or out-and-about. The majority of fast charging points are untethered, but some are tethered, so you’ll need to be sure of the connector’s compatibility with your EV.

3. Rapid chargers

Rapid chargers are where things get really speedy. Some rapid chargers can charge an EV to 80% within 30 minutes, taking between 40-50 minutes to fully charge. That makes them perfect for when you need a quick top-up on the road.

Rapid chargers use a lot of power, so they’re not suitable to be installed in homes. Instead, you’ll usually find them in service stations and certain car parks. All rapid chargers are tethered, so you’ll need to ensure the one you use is compatible with your EV.

4. Ultra rapid chargers

Offering the fastest charging capabilities, ultra rapid chargers are rated 50kW+, and in many cases reach over 100kW. These ultra-fast chargers are rarer to find, though they may be available at larger service stations. More and more ultra rapid chargers at higher charging capabilities are popping up across the country, with some as high as 350kW.

EV charger installation for your home

There are many types of EV chargers, but the most convenient type is the one you can make use of at any time. Home EV chargers are easy to use and perfect for overnight charging, allowing you to cut down on charging costs.

Interested in a no-obligation quote? Our professional, OLEV-authorised installers will advise you on the best EV charger for your home, then arrange a convienient time for a quick, no-hassle installation. Get in touch with our expert team on 07775447404 or email via info@grantselectrical.com.