As more electric cars and plug-in hybrids hit the highways, the need for battery chargers is growing. That’s why suppliers now offer specially designed chargers for homes, workplaces, roadside rest stops, and municipal parking places. The chargers use a wide array of configurations, operate at different voltage levels, and offer recharge times ranging from 20 minutes to 16 hours.
We’ve collected photos of a few of the more recent EV charging systems. From low-voltage to high and wired to wireless, we offer a peek at some of the latest and greatest.
A Nissan Leaf recharges its battery from an external Level 3 DC Fast Charge station. DC Fast Charge stations can “refill” an EV battery in under 30 minutes. Instead of using a rectifier on board the vehicle to convert AC to DC, these stations deliver DC directly to the vehicle’s battery pack. The stations, which are not made for home use, typically operate at 480V and deliver a 150-mph recharge rate. Japanese manufacturers have accepted a fast-charge configuration based on the CHAdeMO protocol, which was developed by the Tokyo Electric Power Co., Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Fuji Heavy Industries.
(Source: NRG eVgo)