EV Charging Modes are the different ways an electric vehicle can be charged. Each charging mode has its own advantages and disadvantages, but finding the right one for your needs depends on your daily driving habits and the availability of charging stations in your area.
The most basic EV charging mode, mode 1 involves connecting the electric vehicle directly to standard current sockets without any special safety systems. It is the slowest charging mode and takes up to 40-60 hours for a full charge. Currently, this type of charging is prohibited in Italy and subject to restrictions in Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, France and Germany due to safety concerns.
Level 2 involves connecting the EV to a dedicated charging station that uses a 240-volt power supply. Using plug-in chargers with connector standards like CHAdeMO in Japan or Combo 2 in Europe, level 2 charging is the fastest option and can get you to 80% charge in as little as an hour.
DC Fast charging (also known as DCFC) is the most advanced EV charging technology and requires an upgraded charging station. Using DC fast charge, your EV can be fully recharged in minutes with a capacity that exceeds the typical petrol car’s tank size.
With smart energy management, your EV’s battery could also be used as a source of power for the grid by feeding electricity back into it. Dynamic load balancing allows your charger to constantly monitor the power demand of the electrical circuit, and intelligently distribute available capacity to avoid overloading and tripping the circuit breakers. EV Charging Modes