Top 5 questions about charging an electric car

11-17-2021
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If you are planning to become an electric driver in the 'near' future or if you have just purchased an electric vehicle, you may still have a few questions that you would like to see answered. Here we list the 5 most frequently asked questions with answers for your reference and hope they can help you make mart choice.

1. At which charging station can my car charge exactly?

If you drive an electric car, it must be charged regularly. You can charge it at home, at a public charging station or at a fast charger along the highway. With charging via your own charging station, you use your own electricity, if you charge via a public charging station or a fast charger, the costs are passed on via a charging card. All electric cars have the option of charging at home or via a public charging station. The time that this usually takes with a fully electric car is between six and twelve hours. With a fast charger this is considerably faster (30-40 min). But not all electric cars are suitable for this. For charging at a public charging station, you must use your own charging cable with a type 2 plug. A fast charger is equipped with a fixed charging cable.

2. What is the difference between a type 1 and a type 2 connection?

The designations type 1 and type 2 refer to the type of plug that fits on the car to charge the car. As standard, European electric cars are equipped with a type 2 connection. This is a 7-pin connector and allows you to charge both 1- and 3-phase. A type 1 connection with 5 pins, is mainly in Japanese and American cars and you can only charge 1-phase with this. Public charging stations are standard equipped with a type 2 plug. Make sure you purchase the right cable if your car has a type 1 connection.

 

3. What is Load Balancing?

With Load Balancing, the amount of power used in the house is measured every second via a smart function in the charging station. In this way, this device ensures that current is only fed to the battery of the EV if there is sufficient capacity available. If many household appliances, such as a washing machine and dryer, are running, charging will be temporarily interrupted to prevent the plugs from popping out. To be able to use Load Balancing, a small device or coil usually has to be placed in the meter cupboard, which can measure the current. This device is connected to the charger with a data cable. LINCHR E-Series has solved the problem.More information you can contact our specialist.

 

4. Can I use my solar panels to charge my car?

If you generate electricity at home via solar panels, you can also use this electricity to charge your electric car. If you have E Pro wallbox in the near future(Our new charger), these can be set in such a way that when the solar panels supply power, this is also used for the car. If there is no sun, there will be no charging.E Pro also has a hybrid mode; In principle, charging via solar power will be chosen, but if this is not available, for example at night, the car will still be charged. In the future, the netting of electricity (the surplus that is returned to the grid and for which there is a fee) will be abolished. Using your car battery as storage becomes the cheapest way; you supply power to yourself and that costs nothing.

 

5. Can I charge a 1-phase car at a 3-phase charging point?

If your car is not suitable for 3-phase charging, you can still charge your car at a 3-phase charging point, such as a public charging station. If the car has a 1-phase on-board charger, the car will simply charge on 1-phase.


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