How to rapid charge an electric vehicle

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While most of us are now used to charging mobile phones and other gadgets, few drivers are familiar with recharging an electric car.

Not to worry though as it’s really pretty easy and not dissimilar to charging a battery in something like your phone or camera. To show you how easy it can be, Zap-Map has created a series of short instructional videos to highlight how to use an EV charger.

The videos on this page focus on using a Rapid DC or Rapid AC unit, two types of high-powered public charging units. In addition to watching these videos, we recommend you also read charging basics page.

To use a rapid charger, you will need to either register with an appropriate network or use a mobile phone app to access the service. Many networks provide a RFID access card to enable access and charging on rapid units.

Using a rapid DC charger fitted with a CHAdeMO connector

Electric vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which incidentally are the two biggest selling EVs on the market, use a CHAdeMO DC inlet connector for rapid charging. This video explains how to correctly use a rapid charger fitted with a tethered CHAdeMO connector suitable for these vehicles.

Using a rapid AC charger fitted with a Type 2 (Mennekes) connector

Some electric vehicles such as the Renault ZOE and Tesla Model S have chargers on board that can deal with high levels of AC current and convert them to DC current so the battery can charge at a rapid rate. These vehicles will use the Type (Mennekes) connector when using a rapid charger. This video explains how to correctly use a rapid charger fitted with a tethered Type 2 (Mennekes) connector suitable for these vehicles.

Using a rapid DC charger fitted with a CCS connector

Volkswagen and BMW have opted to fit certain models in their electric range with the Combined Charging System (CCS). This is essentially a Type 2 inlet with two addition slots attached to the bottom which allow the car to charge on DC power. This video explains how to correctly use a rapid charger fitted with a tethered CCS connector suitable for vehicles such as the VW e-golf and e-up! or the BMW i3.

To see all the rapid DC and AC charging points that are located in the UK, go to Zap-Map Live and use the filters in the top-left hand panel.




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