Charging

The 4 Standardized EV Charging Modes Explained

Electric vehicles (EV) are getting new standards gradually as their applications increase dramatically worldwide. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has standardized the charging modes for electric vehicles, defining four distinct modes. The standard is termed IEC 61851.  The IEC has previously standardized several other aspects of EV charging and operating. For instance, the IEC 61980 standard elaborates on the best practices for the EV Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) system.  EV Charging Modes The four modes for EV charging are named Mode 1, Mode 2, Mode 2, and Mode 4. Mode 1 is for earlier EV converted internal combustion engine vehicles, so it’s not in use so much today with more advanced EVs.  EV Charging Mode 1 In mode 1, the vehicle connects directly with th...

The Future of Charging: Bidirectional V2G

Are you eco-conscious and want to live a greener lifestyle? Do you own an EV to reduce the impact of carbon emission on our planet? Are you interested in making the most out of your EV and using it for other purposes? If yes, then there is a chance that you might have heard about bidirectional chargers. Whether you know about them or not, we will explain this new technology in great detail in the following article. Instead of getting confused by complicated mechanical jargon on the internet, keep reading to learn about the various benefits of bidirectional charging. How does Bidirectional Charging work? To understand the dynamics behind bidirectional charging, you should first know how an EV is normally charged. After you connect your car’s battery to a DC rapid charging station, AC or alt...

Importance of State-backed Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles

It is an accepted fact that making any technological innovation successful requires the government’s strong support and backup. That’s specifically valid for the survival and development of electric vehicles. Recently, the Volvo cars’ CEO, Håkan Samuelsson, emphasized the importance of state-backed charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. According to him, plug-in hybrid is now a well-known concept and a great idea to work on. What are Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles? Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) involve two technologies: battery-powered electric motor and internal combustion engine. Together, it has been named as “bridge technology.” One of the significant obstacles in the success of EVs is its inability to cover vast distances without power loss. You can call this conc...

Fast-charging can Damage Electric Car Battery in just 25 Cycles

Researchers have discovered that fast charging your electric batteries can damage them and reduce their capacity. Engineers from the University of California, Riverside carried out experiments on batteries used in popular electric vehicles. And their findings showed that fast charging at commercial stations can cause harm to electric batteries after about 25 charges. The damage to the batteries is due to high temperatures and resistance. These extreme conditions will then lead to cracks and leaks in the battery, thereby reducing their capacity. During the experiment, he researchers charged two sets of discharged lithium-ion batteries with two different chargers. The first one was charged with fast chargers found in commercial stations while the second set was charged using an all new fast-...

Evolution In Electric Car Charging Solutions

As the popularity of electric cars increases, car makers are preparing to eventually shift production to them. Electric cars have seen a significant rise in their adoption and this has reflected in the increased number of their charging stations. The number of the charging stations will only go up as manufacturers continue to build more having identified it as a potentially lucrative investment. Worldwide all statistics show a big grow in the number of charging stations. However, it’s not enough that electric car charging stations are increasing. It’s also about the charging stations being able to meet all the needs of EV drivers. And if that is to happen in the near future, a lot of improvements have to take place. For one, the types of chargers available at the charging stati...