Charging your Electric Vehicle
We know that ‘range anxiety’ or worrying how far you can take your EV is on the minds of those considering an EV, especially in our regions. The good news is that there are already hundreds of places to charge your EV across regional WA, and that number is steadily increasing.
Getting from A to B with Plugshare
PlugShare is a great tool that is free to use and lets EV drivers see up-to-date information on all the EV charging stations, along with details about how fast they are and what type of plug they use. Plugshare even has a useful trip planning function that will show you the EV chargers on specific routes.
Regular charging at home or work
You are likely to consider charging your EV at home and to do so is easy, you will just need an EV charging point installed.
Before installing a charger, you may need to adhere to certain technical standards, which a licensed contractor will be able to advise you about.
The time to charge will depend on the type of charger you choose, however overnight is usually a safe bet to have your car fully charged.
For those with a work supplied EV, your workplace may offer charging stations for you charge at while you’re parked at work. Alternatively, you may be able to plug in at an available charging station nearby.
Pick your plug: charger types
Electric vehicles need to plug in to charge. But like mobile phones, not every plug is the same. Knowing the basic types of plugs means that when you need to use an EV charging station, you’ll be confident it will have the right type of plug for your electric car.
Type 1: ‘J1772’ AC charging plug
This type of plug is the standard used in North America and Japan. It is found on many of the EV charging stations in Australia, as many of the EVs sold in Australia before 2018 used this plug type. If an electric car doesn’t have a Type 1 plug built in, many times they can still charge at a Type 1 charging station if using an adaptor.
Type 2: 'Mennekes' AC charging plug
The Type 2 or ‘Mennekes’ plug is the standard plug type in Australia for electric vehicles from 2018 onwards. Type 2 plugs have 7 pins and are compatible with charging from AC chargers. If an EV has a Type 2 plug but needs to charge using a Type 1 charging station (or vice versa) then a Type 2 to Type 1 adaptor can be used.
CCS1 Rapid DC charging plug
CCS plugs are also called ‘combo’ plugs – that’s because they have a combination shaped plug – with the top portion of CCS Type 1 plugging into the ‘Type 1’ AC port, and the bottom portion having two additional ‘DC’ connectors. If an electric vehicle was sold in Australia before 2018, it may have a CCS Type 1 plug for rapid charging.
CCS2 Rapid DC charging Plug
This is a newer type ‘combo’ plug. Similar to its CCS Type 1 cousin, the CCS Type 2 has a top portion of the plug that fits into the ‘Type 2’ AC port, with an additional two connectors on the bottom portion that enable the DC charging.
Chademo Rapid DC charging plug
This plug standard is also common across Australian fast chargers – with many electric car owners having a CHAdeMO to CCS Type 1/Type 2 adaptor to allow them to charge at rapid chargers using this standard.
This plug type is the standard used by many Japanese vehicle brands.
The abbreviation is actually short for ‘ChArge de Move’.
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