So, you’ve just embarked on your electric vehicle (EV) journey, and you’re about to experience your first charge. It’s an exciting moment, but it’s also natural to have a few questions about the process. To ease your mind and help you make the most of your first charging experience, we’ve put together a handy guide on what to expect.
First, it’s essential to understand the different types of charging options available for EVs:
- AC Charging (Alternating Current): AC charging is commonly used in both residential and commercial settings. These are typically dedicated charging stations installed in various locations where people are parked for an hour or more, often found at workplaces, public charging stations, and in homes with dedicated chargers.
- DC Charging (Direct Current): DC charging is typically reserved for public charging stations and offers faster charging. These are commonly found at public charging stations and along highways. DC fast chargers can significantly reduce charging times and are suitable for topping up your EV’s battery during a short stop.
These differences in AC and DC charging options cater to various needs, from overnight charging at home to rapid recharging at public stations, providing flexibility for EV owners.
What to Expect
- Charging Time
The time it takes to charge your EV depends on the charger type and your vehicle’s battery size. At home, AC charging can take many hours, while a Level 2 charger can significantly reduce charging time. Public DC fast chargers provide rapid charging and can get you back on the road in as little as 20-30 minutes.
- Charging Speed
As mentioned earlier, charging speed depends on the charger type and your vehicle’s compatibility. When it comes to maximising your electric vehicle’s (EV) potential, selecting the right charging speed is paramount. Understanding the nuances of different charging applications is key to ensuring your EV is always ready to hit the road. In our comprehensive blog post, “What Is the Right Charging Speed,” we delve into various scenarios to provide you with the insights needed to make informed decisions about charging your EV.
- Finding Charging Stations
Thanks to various apps and websites, locating charging stations is a breeze. Many EV manufacturers offer their own apps to help you find compatible charging points. Google Maps and specialised EV charging apps are also useful for locating stations, checking availability and even starting the charging process. You can find our EVX Polecharger locations here.
Paying for charging sessions can vary. At home, it’s part of your electricity bill. Public charging stations may require various payment methods, including RFID cards, smartphone apps, or credit cards. Some stations offer free charging, while others require payment based on time or energy used.
- Plug Compatibility
EVs come with different plug types, including Type 1, Type 2, CCS, and CHAdeMO. It’s essential to ensure your vehicle’s plug matches the station you’re using. Most public charging stations are compatible with multiple plug types, but it’s wise to double-check.
- Charging Etiquette
When using public charging stations, remember to be courteous to fellow EV drivers. Move your vehicle once it’s done charging, so others can use the station. Avoid parking in charging spots if you’re not actively charging your EV.
- Range Anxiety
New EV owners sometimes experience range anxiety, which is the fear of running out of charge before reaching their destination. Modern EVs have impressive ranges, and a growing charging network helps mitigate this concern. Planning your trips and knowing the locations of charging stations can significantly reduce range anxiety. Plus, we’re actively working to bridge the charging gap in regional Australia.
Your first EV charge can be an exciting experience, marking the beginning of your eco-friendly and cost-efficient journey. Familiarising yourself with the charging options and understanding what to expect can make the process smoother and more enjoyable. As the EV charging infrastructure continues to expand, the transition to electric mobility becomes more accessible and convenient for all drivers.
Please see our solutions page, or contact us here if you want to hear more about how we’re working with local councils, governments, and utility providers to increase the EV charging network across Australia with our EVX Polecharger.