Charging Electric Car at Home
June 14, 2021
Charging Electric Car at Home

If you have purchased an electric vehicle or are thinking about buying one, the big question is: how and where can I charge the battery?

The most convenient, as well as the most economical and easiest way to charge an electric car is in our homes.

Standard Socket

Usually electric cars already come equipped with a portable charger for charging the battery in a normal socket (shucko). This plug is the basic for AC charging at home.

However, by default, these chargers are limited to an electrical current of 10A and a maximum charging power of 2.3 kW. This means that, for example, a battery with a capacity of 40 kWh needs about 20h to charge at a power of 2kW, if we consider some energy losses (2kW x 20 h = 40 kWh). 

To use a normal socket, it’s important that it’s of good quality. When chargers detect insufficient or none, safety earth connection by the socket, they will not work. This can happen in older electrical installations.

Wallbox (Home chargers)

As we mentioned above, most chargers for standard sockets supplied with vehicles are limited to 10 A. But on the market there are home chargers that allow higher amperages and consequently higher charging powers. 

For example, if we use the Wallbox Pulsar Plus 32 A, we can get a power of 7.4 kW (single-phase) and 22 kW (three-phase), which will considerably reduce the charging time. A great advantage of this type of installation is that it can be achieved without major (or any) alterations to the home electric grid, and there are currently smart chargers on the market that are capable of varying the charging intensity according to the grid conditions. 

If you want a charging solution for your home, please contact us, we’ll be available to assess your specific case.