What charging point should I choose?
OK, so you’ve bought your electric car, or you are just about to; but, are you sure you’ve asked yourself how are you going to charge it? Read here for some interesting tips that we are sure will make your decision a lot easier! ;)
The first thing you have to know is the power at which your electric vehicle can be charged, and the power of the electric system where you want to install the charger at the time when you want to recharge your car.
You also must know the connector type of your car, type 1 or type 2.
Type 1: Opel Ampera, Nissan Leaf, Nissan ENV200, Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi iMiev, Peugeot iON, Citröen C-Zero, Renault Kangoo ZE (type 1), Ford Focus electric, Toyota Prius Plug in.
Type 2: BMW i3, i8, BYD E6, Renault Zoe, Tesla Model S, Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid, VW Golf plug-in hybrid, VW E-up, Audi A3 E-tron, Mercedes S500 plug-in, Porsche Panamera, Renault Kangoo ZE.
Let's see the difference maximum charging powers of the mains electric vehicles in the market.
3.7 kW charging point (16A single-phase)
Mitsubishi Outlander, iMiev, Peugeot iON, Citröen C-Zero, Volvo V60 enchufable, Opel Ampera, Nissan LEAF 2012, Toyota Prius plug-in.
For both home or the office, where you car will be parked for a couple of hours, this is the best options for these electric cars. Obviously, you can charge these cars in more powerful charging points, but the car wouldn’t charge faster.
Our recommendation for these cars is the BLAUBOX eHome Type 1.
7.4 kW charging point (32A single-phase)
Nissan LEAF 2013, Renault ZOE, BMW i3 (with the 6,6kW charging option) and i8, Tesla Roadster.
These electric cars are charged in single-phase at a power up to 7.4 kW. You can charge any of these cars in a 22 kW alternating current charging point, but they won’t charge faster. At home, we recommend a 3.7 kW charging point, because the power availability at your house will rarely exceed 4.4 kW, so its senseless to install a larger charging point. In office and business business buildings, the best option is a 22kW charging points, as long as the electric system allows it.
Our recommendation for the Nissan Leaf is the BLAUBOX eHome Type 1.
In the cases of the BMW i3, Renault ZOE or the Tesla, our recommendation is the BLAUBOX eHome Type 2.
11 kW charging point (16A three-phase)
Tesla Model S, Mercedes A-Class.
We recommend an 11kW charging point at home for for these cars, as long as the electric system at home allows it, however, it is probable you’ll have to adjust the contracted power.
In private or paid parkings, we recommend a 22kW charging point, so that the electric vehicle charge is done as fast as possible.
22 kW charging point (32A three-phase)
Tesla Model S with the Twin Charger option, Renault Zoe, Smart Electric, BYD E6.
For parking lots, offices and businesses a 22kW charging point with double output is the best options to charge this type of electric vehicles as quickly as possible.
What is the maximum available power of the electric system where we set up the charging point?
Since an electric car needs a lot of power to charge, we have to take into account the available power in the electric system where we want to install the charging point.
At home, we usually have a contracted power of 3.3kW or 4.4kW. In the case of 4.4kW, to charge at 3.7kW is not a problem, as long as there is not a too much power consumption at home at the same time. You have to consider how long it takes for the car battery to charge with the available power.
In parking lots, in both private or operating for profit, the contracted power is usually very high, so you will hardly ever have any problems to set up high power electric vehicle charging points. It would make sense in these cases to install high power charging points, to suit any car.