What is an Electric Vehicle?
An electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle that runs on electricity as its primary source of propulsion. Electric vehicles, as opposed to typical internal combustion engine vehicles that use gasoline or diesel fuel, are driven by electric motors and utilize electricity stored in batteries or other energy storage devices.
Because they create little to no exhaust emissions, electric vehicles are regarded more environmentally friendly than typical gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles, lowering air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. They are also generally more energy-efficient and, depending on power and fuel rates, can be less expensive to operate. With continued advancements in battery technology and charging infrastructure, electric vehicles are becoming an increasingly popular and feasible mode of transportation.
The sort of charging station you choose impacts how quickly and how much you pay to charge your electric vehicle.
Here are 3 basic types of electric car charging points:
- Slow charge
- Fast charge
- Rapid charge
Slow Charge: Slow charge stations typically produce 3-6kW of power and include Home electric vehicle chargers. Every plug-in electric vehicle should be charged at a slow charging station.
Fast Charge: The power output of fast charging stations ranges from 7 to 22kW. These are the most popular charging stations, and most plug-in electric vehicles should be able to charge here.
Rapid charge: Rapid charge points feature a minimum power output of 43kW, but some can go as high as 350kW for cars that can handle such a charge.
These charge points are more likely to be found in highway rest stops, however they are becoming more frequent elsewhere. They are intended to charge your vehicle to 80% as quickly as feasible.
Tesla models S, 3, X, and Y previously had exclusive access to Tesla Supercharger charging stations. However, Tesla has stated that it is expanding its Supercharger network to include non-Tesla vehicles.