An electronic vehicle charging bay is a parking space that provides electrical power for charging plug-in electric vehicles. Charging stations can be found at public and private locations such as restaurants, shopping malls and government facilities. They can be free, pay-as-you-go or subscription-based with pricing set by networks or property owners. Some automakers also provide complimentary public charging at certain chargers. For example, Porsche Taycan buyers receive three years of unlimited 30-minute charging at Electrify America locations and Ford Fusion Energi owners get 1000 kilowatt-hours per year for life at the FordPass network.
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An EV charging station is called a charge point and can be either AC or DC, with or without a plug. The port is connected to the supply via a flexible cable that interfaces with an EV connector on the vehicle. The connectors are designed to support a range of different standards and may be used for multiple cars at a time. The unit that houses the charger ports is sometimes called a charging station or EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment).
The EV chargers in a public charging station are typically Mode 2 CHAdeMO or GB Combined Charging System stations with a maximum power of 50 kW. A few DC fast charging stations, Mode 3, are available with a maximum power of 350 kW. They can fill up a flat battery to 80 % capacity in six minutes.
A home EV charger can be a Mode 1 or Mode 2 product with standard safety features and status lights. Some homes might have insufficient electric capacity to accommodate Level 2 equipment, but a qualified electrician can add circuits. It is considered polite to vacate a charging spot once you have finished to allow others to use it. Blocking a charging bay with an internal combustion engine car is called ICE’ing and will not win you any admirers.