More people than ever before are considering the cost savings, versatility, and environmental benefits of driving an electric car today. So much so, that electric car sales in the U.S. increased by 81% in 2018.
With that said, there is one issue that remains top of mind for EV owners and potential EV owners…..
EV owners often experience anxiety when thinking about their charging situation. Many people ask: Where can I charge my electric car? What if I run out of charge in the middle of my trip? What is the difference between level 1, 2, and 3 charging stations? Which connectors are compatible with my EV model? And the list goes on…
At SparkCharge, our goal is to eliminate the guessing game and empower EV owners by creating an on-demand charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.
Here, we’ll break down the traditional methods of EV charging and discuss why portable charging is the most effective solution going forward.
It’s important to understand the different levels of electric vehicle charging, and how quickly each of them can juice up your EV.
For each level of charging, different connectors or cables are used. There are many different types of charging cables but the most common are: Type 1, Type 2, CHAdeMo, and CCS.
Type 1/SAE J1772: SAE chargers are commonly used for charging at home and have a capacity of 240 volts AC. As explained above, this is Level 2 charging and is common on PHEVs.
Type 2: A Type 2 connector, or a mennekes connector, is commonly found in Europe. This adapter can charge between 3kW and 50kW and is known for its circular shape and flattened top. Often times, this adapter can be used in an ordinary domestic socket and is supplied by the car manufacturer.
CHAdeMO: CHAdeMo is a charging standard that is used exclusively for fast, or Level 3, charging. Some car manufacturers that are CHAdeMo compatible include: Tesla, Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Kia, etc. This connector can deliver up to 62.5kW.
Combined Charging System (CCS): This type of connector combines two DC pins arranged below the Type 2 AC connector and uses 3 of the Type 2s pins. Automobile manufactures that support CCS include: BMW, Daimler, FCA, Ford, Jaguar, General Motors, Groupe PSA, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, MG, Polestar, Renault, Tesla and Volkswagen Group.
The three most common places where you can charge your electric vehicle are: your home, at work, or at some public charging location.
If you elect to charge your EV at home, you will have the option for either a level 1 or level 2 charge. Since level 2 will provide you with a stronger charge, most homeowners pay extra to get one installed.
Although home charging may seem like a convenient option, make sure you’re aware of the potential drawbacks:
Additionally, many electric vehicle owners are not homeowners, which means you might not have a means to juice up your EV overnight. That’s why we’re going to look at your other options.
If you charge your car in a public space or at work, you can expect to be receiving a level 2 charge (since 90% of all charging stations are level 2).
Let’s discuss some of the intricacies charging situation.
We believe we can speak on behalf of all EV owners when we say that there is nothing more frustrating than pulling up to a charging station just to find it blocked by a non-electric vehicle or broken down completely. Which is why we created a new option…
At SparkCharge, we believe you shouldn’t have to constantly worry about your next charge. That’s why we’re partnering with automotive OEMs, roadside assistance providers, on-demand car care companies, and fleets to offer our portable, ultrafast (Level 3) charging station to EV owners.
Gone are the days of pre-scheduling your charges before a long road trip, or worrying about locking down a charging station in your work parking lot.
Our goal is to create an on-demand EV charging infrastructure where, with just the push of a button, range can be delivered to you. Imagine being able to open an app to order range on the spot. Or ordering range from a towing service in the middle of a road trip instead of having your car towed.
As a result, range anxiety, otherwise known as the constant fear of running out of charge whilst on the road in your EV, will cease to exist.
The convenience model is changing the way that the world does business. We believe charging your electric vehicle shouldn’t be any different.