Electric car charging stations: which charging station, which electric vehicle and what use?

Publié le : 28/04/2020

With the rising cost of petroleum and the desire to reduce the ecological footprint of vehicles, the electric car is in full development and therefore the infrastructure of charging stations. One question remains very present today. How can I easily and quickly charge my electric vehicle? Which charging station to choose?

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Which charging station should I choose to charge my electric vehicle?

As a new owner of an electric vehicle, attention is drawn to the possibilities of recharging their vehicle. Who hasn’t pulled an extension cord (work or home) to charge their electric car. Who was not afraid of not being able to leave at the end of the day. Admittedly, the installation is quick and economical. But a normal socket or even a reinforced socket is by no means a lasting solution for recharging your electric vehicle!

Based on this observation, several solutions are available to us:

Now it all depends on your rider profile.

Where can I find a charging station to charge my electric vehicle?

At the start of 2020, more than 99,944 recharging points were open to the public. Now, the challenge is to find the charging stations available closest to you. To do this, there are many applications including:

Home charging station

The majority of recharges of electric vehicles carried out at home are done either via a reinforced socket or by a slow AC charging station installed in a condominium.

Charging station in business

The majority of electric car recharges are carried out in business or at home. In these 2 cases, you have time to charge your car, so no need for fast charging. Thus, the majority of companies have AC charging stations.

Public charging station

If you do not have the possibility of installing a charging station at home, if you do not have a private parking space or that you do not have access to a socket, many charging stations for electric cars are present in the public domain. There are regional networks dedicated to recharging for electric or hybrid vehicles rechargeable in urban or rural areas. They are usually designed to charge your electric vehicle more quickly using a specific access card.

« Destination » charging station

You can find a charging station for your electric car in the parking lot of a shopping center, restaurant or even a hotel. These charging stations are an asset for brands that have them to attract and retain their customers via the loyalty card, by offering additional services (free recharging, monitoring of consumption, etc.). While actively participating in the energy transition. As the charging time is generally shorter, commercial spaces have a DC charging station. For example, a 24 kW DC charging station can charge an electric car in 1 to 2 hours. Either the time we can spend at the mall or at the restaurant.

Charging station on highway

Last option, the ultra-fast charging stations for electric cars present on motorway service areas. The development of the charging station network outside urban areas has facilitated medium and long distance journeys on motorways, but currently accounts for less than 4% of recharges. Ultra-fast charging stations (150 to 350 kW) for electric cars can recover 80% of autonomy in less than 30 minutes. However, to charge your electric vehicle with this type of ultra-fast charger, your vehicle must be equipped with a high-voltage battery. In addition, the performance of the vehicle battery conditions the charging speed. More particularly, the power tolerated by the car charger is a key factor for a fast recharging time.

Which electric vehicle to favor according to my travel habits?

We agree that the choice to drive an electric car remains mainly ecological to reduce its environmental impact. We must be aware that on a daily basis, we need very little autonomy. On average, we drive less than 40 km/day.
Therefore, the majority of us do not need to race for autonomy and can favor compact, light batteries with better environmental impact.
However, the purchase process goes through the question of the autonomy allowed by the battery because at one time or another, the question of long journeys will arise!

Compact, city electric car for faster charging times

In 2019, more than one in ten electric cars sold worldwide was a Tesla Model 3. In total, 300,075 vehicles of this model were sold. The Renault Zoe arriving in a beautiful 8th place with 46.839 copies.This car is both compact and affordable. Equipped with a 22 kW battery, it has an undeniable advantage compared to its competitors: an optimized charging time on any type of charging station (AC and DC).

At the same time, the offer is expanding on models with greater autonomy. Increasing the capacity of these batteries is possible thanks to the lower cost of batteries and makes it possible to meet the expectations of drivers of electric vehicles.

Electric car with more than 400 km of range

More than 15 models of electric cars are available worldwide, making it possible to travel longer distances on a single charge. Generally these electric cars are larger and more expensive but have larger capacity batteries.

The gold medal goes to Tesla with its Model S announcing a range of 610 km followed by the Ford Mustang Mach-E (600 km).

How to get around with an electric car?

Whatever the autonomy of our electric car, we must change our habits and anticipate our needs for a charging station.

Whatever the technological evolution, recharging your electric vehicle will always be different from filling up at the pump.

The key word is planning, anticipating needs and charging stations available regardless of our destination: home, business, shopping centers …

Example of a charging habit for my electric vehicle:

During the week, I travel less than 40 km (round trip) to get to my work, i.e. 200 km (maximum) per week. Not being equipped with a charging station for an electric vehicle at my home, I use 2 charging modes. Either at my work, on the charging stations provided by my employer, or during my weekend shopping or in the evening after work. In 1h30, a fast DC charging station, allows my electric car to regain 200 km of autonomy.

Here are some tips to review our travel philosophy:

At IES Synergy, we have a wide range of charging stations for electric cards

As a designer of charging stations for electric vehicles, our DC fast charging solutions are modular, customizable and compatible with all electric cars on the market. They meet the challenges of the city of tomorrow and the consumption habits of users. We favor the deployment of infrastructure on public roads, shopping centers and business car parks for recharging electric cars in 1 to 2 hours, maximum.

Charging stations for electric vehicles adaptable indoors and outdoors

Our fast charging stations can be installed both indoors (in car parks or dealers) and outdoors.

Our 24 kW charging station is available in a Wallbox on a pedestal or to be fixed to the wall. Our 24 kW station is designed for roads in consultation with communities and energy unions.

Do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Did you know?

The electric car was not born in the 20th century. It was in the 19th around 1830. It was a kind of cart invented by Robert Anderson in Scotland. And, in 1899, it was an electric car that exceeded 100 km/h for the first time. The advent of the petrol car arriving between 1920 and 1930.

Familiar? This recalls the development of trams in cities…