Time to charge
There are many charger types and options so getting the right solution is critical.
Alternating Current or AC chargers are the most popular option for workplaces and organisations that require flexibility and control over their charging infrastructure.
Typically range from 7.4kW - 43kW
AC chargers rely on the cars in-built converter to convert the charge to DC so charging times vary depending on the vehicle's ability to utilise the power
AC chargers require less power and are more economical than DC versions
Best suited to fleets and vehicles that are parked for periods of more than 30mins
Direct Current or DC chargers are the most powerful solutions that enable rapid and ultra-rapid charging for your fleet and commercial vehicles.
Typically range from 22kW - 350kW
DC chargers bypass the vehicles' onboard converter and feed power directly to the battery
Some DC chargers require additional infrastructure to allow them to operate
Most suited to commercial vehicles or fleets where onsite parking time is limited or where a quick turnaround is required.
Charger types and power examples
AC Connector type Typical power rating Approx range per hour charging (based on 60kWh EV) Features
Type 1 3.7kW - 7kW 12.5 miles - 25 miles •5-pins
•Standard US socket
•No locking mechanism
•Single phase only
Type 2 3.7kW - 22kW 12.5 miles - 75 miles •7-pins
•Standard European socket
•Inbuilt locking mechanism
•Can carry three phase power
DC Connector type Typical power rating Approx range per 30 mins charging (based on 60kWh EV) Features
CHAdeMO 50kW 75 miles •Original DC connector
•Most common in the UK
CCS 50kW - 350kW 75 -525 miles •High power •Shortest charge time
•Likely to become most popular option
Type 2 130kW 180 miles •Tesla only