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Choose your charging station: the essential guide for electric vehicles!

Simplify your transition to electric mobility with our practical guide: choose the ideal terminal for your EV. Simple, practical advice to help you understand your options and make the b

Benjamin Vindry
Mar 7, 2024
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The electric vehicle (EV) landscape is changing at a rapid pace, radically transforming the way we travel. One of the key aspects of this transition is recharging, and choosing the right charging station for your EV is as crucial as choosing the right vehicle. This comprehensive guide walks you through the crucial process of selecting the ideal charging station for your specific needs. It explores different types of stations, their technical characteristics, available options, financial aid, and offers sound advice

1. Dive into the different types of charging stations

1.1 Home charging stations: your personal recharging sanctuary

  • Wallbox: the champion of convenience and speed.
  • Variable power: from 3.7 kW to 22 kW, depending on the model and your electrical installation.
  • Fast, efficient recharging: recover precious miles while you sleep or go about your business.
  • Elegant, compact wall-mounted installation: fits perfectly into your garage or outdoor parking lot.
  • Smart features: remote charging control, consumption monitoring, weather protection.
  • Higher cost: requires suitable electrical installation and a higher initial investment.
  • Green'Up socket: accessible simplicity
  • Economical, easy-to-install solution: uses a reinforced socket connected to your existing electrical network.
  • Limited power: typically 2.3 kW, for slower charging suitable for occasional use.
  • No advanced features: manual recharging without programming or tracking.
  • Ideal for tight budgets and short daily distances.

1.2 Public charging stations: charging on the go

  • Standard charging stations: everyday companions
  • Variable power: from 3 kW to 22 kW, depending on location and operator.
  • Extensive coverage: present in public parking lots, supermarkets, petrol stations, etc.
  • Convenient recharging for errands or urban journeys.
  • Fast charging stations: the superheroes of speed
  • Explosive power: from 50 kW to 350 kW, for express recharging in 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Strategic location: located mainly on freeways and major roads.
  • Ideal for long journeys and emergency situations.
  • Generally higher cost per kWh compared to standard charging stations.

If you choose to charge at public charging stations don't hesitate to use the Electromaps app to locate the best charging points around you as well as our Electropass to facilitate your charge thanks to RFID technology.


2. Power and compatibility: an electric tango

2.1 Terminal power: choose your pace

Power determines the charging speed of your vehicle. The higher the wattage, the faster the recharge. However, your EV has a maximum charging power that cannot be exceeded. Consult your vehicle's owner's manual for this value.

2.2 Socket compatibility: don't plug in in a vacuum

Make sure your chosen charging station is compatible with your vehicle's type of socket. The main types are :

  • Type 1: mainly used by Asian models.
  • Type 2: the European standard, found on most EVs.
  • CCS (Combo Charging System): for fast DC charging.
  • CHAdeMO: another fast-charging variant, less widespread in Europe.

3. Features and options: personalize your recharging experience

3.1 Basic features: the fundamentals of safe recharging

  • Indicator lights show charging status.
  • Automatic switch-off at end of charge to avoid wasting energy.
  • Overcurrent and overvoltage protection for safety.

3.2 Advanced options: spice up your charging

  • Connectivity to your home automation system: integrate charging into your smart home ecosystem for automated scenarios.
  • Anti-theft protection: secure your charging station against unauthorized use.
  • Integrated cable: avoid carrying and plugging/unplugging a cable separately.

LED lighting: improve visibility and safety when charging in the evening.


4. Grants and subsidies: top up your wallet

4.1 National subsidies: a welcome boost

The English government offers a variety of grants for the installation of home charging stations, including:

  • Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS): subsidy of up to €350 for the purchase and installation of a wallbox.
  • VAT reduction : 5% VAT reduction on the cost of installing a charging station

4.2 Local subsidies: multiply your bonuses

Some regions and communes offer additional subsidies, so don't hesitate to ask the relevant local bodies for details.

5. Tips for choosing the right charging station: navigate intelligently

5.1 Assess your real needs: recharge smartly

  • Analyze how often you use your EV and the distances you cover on a daily basis.
  • Take into account your recharging habits: at home, at work, on the road?
  • Determine the power required according to your vehicle's compatibility and your desired recharging times.

5.2 Budget and installation: recharge without breaking the bank

  • Compare the different costs of charging stations, from purchase to installation, taking into account available subsidies.
  • Check the conformity of your electrical installation and call in a qualified professional if necessary.
  • Negotiate quotes from several installers to get the best value for money.

5.3 Features and options: recharge to your heart's content

  • Prioritize options that directly meet your needs and budget.
  • Think about the future evolution of your uses to anticipate your long-term needs.
  • Don't hesitate to test charging applications and discover the features that make your life easier.

Conclusion: recharge with confidence and peace of mind

Choosing the right charging station for your electric vehicle is an investment not to be taken lightly. Thanks to this comprehensive guide, you now have the knowledge and advice you need to navigate the world of charging stations with complete confidence. So recharge with peace of mind and enjoy your electric mobility experience to the full!

Benjamin Vindry
Mar 7, 2024
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