Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular as people look for more sustainable and eco-friendly transportation options. However, to make the most of your electric vehicle, it’s worth understanding how to make the most of its charging system.
Understanding the Different Types of Charging Systems
Understanding the different types of charging systems is crucial for getting the most out of your electric vehicle. There are three main types: Mode 2, Mode 3, and Mode 4. (Mode 1 is not deemed a safe charging method in New Zealand). Mode 2 charging uses a standard household outlet and is the slowest option, while Mode 3 charging requires a dedicated charging station and is faster. Mode 4, on the other hand, is the quickest option but may not be widely available. By knowing the strengths and limitations of each type, you can make an informed decision on which one suits your needs best. Choosing the right charging system is the first step towards a reliable and efficient charging experience.
Read: An Introduction To EV Charging Technology to learn more.
Choosing the Right Charging System for Your EV
By considering your specific needs and the capabilities of your electric vehicle, you can choose the right charging system that will enhance your EV experience and ensure you get the most out of your electric vehicle.
The right charging system for your electric vehicle depends on several factors, including your driving habits, the range of your vehicle, and the availability of charging stations in your area.
Mode 2 charging uses a standard household outlet and is the slowest option. It can take up to 48 hours to fully charge your car, depending on the battery size. This may be suitable for overnight charging at home but may not be sufficient for longer trips or if you have a higher-range electric vehicle. In our view, they are best used as travel chargers or emergency backup chargers, rather than a main charger.
Mode 3 charging, on the other hand, offers a faster charging speed and is typically installed at home or in public charging stations. This brings charging times down considerably, with a full charge taking between six and twelve hours (depending on your vehicle’s battery size). It requires a dedicated charging unit and is a more convenient option for daily use and can fully charge your EV overnight. This is the type of charger we typically install in homes, businesses and strata properties.
Lastly, Mode 4 charging is the fastest option and is primarily found at public charging stations. It can charge your EV up to 80% in around 30 minutes, making it ideal for long-distance travel or when you need a quick charge. However, these stations sometimes require more power than your entire house, cost upwards of $25,000, and require major panel and service upgrades – which is why they’re not typically feasible for home use.
Optimising Charging Times for Maximum Efficiency
By optimising charging times, you can maximise the efficiency of your EV’s power consumption and reduce overall charging durations. One way to do this is by taking advantage of off-peak charging rates. Many utility companies offer lower electricity rates during off-peak hours, which are typically late at night or early in the morning. By scheduling your charging sessions during these times, you can take advantage of the lower rates and save money on your electricity bill. Additionally, charging during off-peak hours can help reduce strain on the electrical grid, as there is typically less demand for electricity during these times.
Another way to optimise charging times is by using smart charging technology. Smart charging systems allow you to schedule and control your EV’s charging remotely through a smartphone app or web portal. This means you can program your EV to start charging at a specific time, such as when electricity rates are lower or when renewable energy sources are generating more power. The Eco-Smart functionality on Wallbox uses the surplus energy from your building’s solar panels to avoid high grid energy prices. You can choose between two modes to charge with 100% solar energy or a mix of solar and grid energy.
Smart charging systems also have the ability to prioritise charging based on your needs. For example, you can set your EV to charge to a certain percentage by a certain time, ensuring that it’s ready to go when you need it without wasting energy on unnecessary charging.
Tips and Strategies for a Reliable and Efficient Charging Experience
One key aspect of ensuring a reliable and efficient charging experience is understanding the different factors that can affect the performance of your EV. One important factor to consider is the charging habits and strategies you adopt. It is recommended to charge your EV regularly and not let the battery level drop too low before charging. This helps to maintain the health of the battery and ensures that you always have enough charge for your daily needs.
Professional EV Charger Installation in Auckland
By following these tips and strategies, you can ensure a reliable and efficient charging experience, allowing you to fully enjoy the benefits of owning an electric vehicle.
K C Electrics offer in-home installation for EV charging in Auckland. We have the expertise and technology to charge your EV up to four times faster than a standard mains connection. Get in touch now for a free home assessment.