Most electric cars come with a basic EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) that can plug into a 13 amp domestic supply socket and charge the car at the rate of 2.4kw per hour which would charge a 24 kw/hour battery from 0 to 100% in 10 hours or from 30% to 80% in 5 hours. The next level up from this a type 2 charger that is very commonly available in homes, workplaces and elsewhere that can charge at a speed from 3.6kw for older Nissan Leafs to 7 kw for BMW i3s and is proportionally quicker than the EVSE. Older Nissan Leafs with onboard 3.6 kw battery chargers would take 6.7 hours to charge from 0 to 100% and 3.35 hours to charge from 30% to 80%. This is normally fine for a city car that is not being driven a long distance. Slower rates of charge are more kind to the battery and home solar systems. We offer the EO range of chargers than start from the highly compact EO mini that can deliver 3.6kw (24 km of driving per hour of charge) to 7kW (40 miles of driving per hour of charge).
The Basic EO charger can deliver 11kW (40 miles of driving per hour of charge) and 22kW (80 miles of driving per hour of charge). But remember you car has to equipped to take these higher levels of charge. Fast chargers exist from 50kw and beyond and are suitable for longer journeys. The equipment is very expensive and runs on DC (Direct current) as opposed to AC (Alternating current) We do not offer these DC fast chargers. The EO range of chargers include models with more sophisticated smart features that allows your Electric vehicle to favour solar PV supply rather than the grid. There are also cloud features that allow analysis of energy use which is particularly useful for fleets.
Fixing home chargers to a wall adjacent to where you park your car and close to your house electrical supply is the obvious location. A minimum of a 16 amp fused circuit is required but better still is a 32 amp fused circuit. At other destinations such as workplace or more public areas, wall mounted chargers are still preferable but may not be possible in which case a free standing pole mounted charger can be used. It is also possible to combine solar shade structures with car shade structures which has a triple function of keeping your car cool and protected plus generating electricity and also a charge point. We have a number of special made to order cool designs you may wish to choose from or customise to your own requirements.
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