Nice article from the UK DailyMail about what is happening in the UK regarding electric vehicle charging and the National Grid.
“Electric car drivers of the future may have to choose between charging their vehicle at home and having a cup of tea, a new report has warned.
As battery capacities for electric vehicles increase, more powerful chargers will be needed to support them.”
Given the amount of voltage and current required to charge the battery of your EV, you will not be able to run other appliances at the same time if you use a highspeed charger. A Telsa 11kW battery charger will max out your home’s capacity to supply electricity for other things such as… boiling a kettle for hot tea. Not a problem you say? You’ll just make sure to charge your battery at night while you’re asleep. So long as you don’t need to do anything for at least the 6 hours while you charge your battery, you’ll be in good shape.
But what if you don’t have the money for a high speed charger and can only afford an average one? “An average size battery charger is 3.5 kW, equivalent to a fast boiling domestic kettle’s electricity usage, would take about 19 hours to charge one of these batteries from 25 per cent full to fully charged.”
So, as long as you don’t need access to your vehicle for those 19 hours you can charge your car AND boil a kettle too. That’s good!
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4809570/National-Grid-issues-warning-electric-car-charging.html#ixzz4x12vzyko
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