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What is DC Fast Charging?

DC fast chargers outdo Level 2 AC charging stations in speed. However, their ease of use is on par with AC chargers. Similar to AC charging stations, you can easily initiate charging and then continue on your way hassle-free. Optimal moments for utilising a DC fast charging station include when you require an immediate charge and are willing to pay a bit extra for convenience. This is particularly handy during road trips or when your battery is running low, and time is of the essence.

How Fast is DC Charging?

Several factors influence the charging speed of an EV when using DC charging. Notably, DC charging offers significantly faster charging times compared to AC charging, primarily because the AC/DC converter resides within the charging station itself.

Various factors that impact an EV’s charging speed with DC charging include:

Battery State of Charge: Charging slows notably for the final 20 percent of the battery’s capacity to extend battery life and ensure safe charging. As DC fast charging rapidly takes the EV’s battery to 80 percent capacity and then gradually slows down for the remaining 20 percent, the time required to reach a full 100 percent charge may be similar to that of the initial 80 percent.

Weather Conditions: Charging speed can be affected by ambient temperature. Cold weather, in particular, can impede charging speeds as lithium-ion batteries, commonly used in EVs, are sensitive to low temperatures.

Charger Power Output: Naturally, the charger’s power output directly impacts charging durations. For instance, a 15-minute charging session can provide an additional range of approximately 130 km at 100 kW output and up to 480 km at 350 kW output. At a rate of 50 kW, an hour of charging for a passenger vehicle can yield an extra 278 km of range.

Benefits of DC Charging

Sustainability
Addressing one of the primary concerns in EV adoption, the proliferation of DC fast chargers will propel your business into the forefront of the electric mobility revolution.

Safety
DC charging efficiently charges your EV to 80 percent capacity at maximum speed before reducing output, ensuring it has no adverse effects on your vehicle’s battery performance.

Accessibility
As more DC fast chargers become available to the public, EV drivers can incorporate charging into their daily routines, such as recharging while enjoying lunch or completing their weekly shopping.

Simplicity
Much like their AC counterparts, DC fast charging stations are user-friendly: a simple tap to pay, plug in, charge, and continue your way.

Convenience
With the ability to charge on the move, you can put aside concerns about whether a single charge will suffice for your entire journey.

Speed
Fast charging stations, boasting power outputs ranging from 90 kW to 400 kW, significantly boost charging speeds.

In case you’ve ever pondered the reason behind the term “DC fast charging,” it’s quite straightforward. “DC” stands for “direct current,” which is the form of power employed by batteries. In contrast, Level 2 charging stations operate with “AC,” or “alternating current,” similar to what you encounter in standard household outlets. Electric vehicles (EVs) come equipped with onboard chargers that transform AC power into DC for the battery. DC fast chargers, however, carry out this conversion from AC to DC within the charging station itself and supply DC power directly to the battery, hence their ability to charge more swiftly.

DC Charging Solutions from Vital EV

When it comes to DC charging solutions, Vital EV stands at the forefront of innovation and reliability. Our comprehensive range of services goes beyond installation and commissioning, incorporating service and maintenance for your peace of mind.

We understand the importance of a smooth installation process. Our team of experts ensures that your DC charging solution is installed and commissioned with precision, allowing you to start charging your electric vehicles without delay. Whether you need single-unit installations or a large-scale deployment for your fleet, we have the expertise to deliver.

Our commitment to your satisfaction doesn’t end with installation. We offer service and maintenance packages tailored to your specific needs. With regular check-ups and proactive maintenance, we ensure your DC charging infrastructure remains in optimal condition, reducing downtime and promoting efficiency.

For businesses looking to electrify their fleets, Vital EV offers tailored fleet charging solutions. Our DC charging systems are designed to accommodate multiple vehicles simultaneously, making it convenient and efficient to charge your entire fleet. Take advantage of our expertise in fleet charging to ensure your business operations stay on the move.

We believe in delivering not only the best technology but also exceptional customer service. Our dedicated support team is always ready to assist you with any inquiries or issues, ensuring a hassle-free experience throughout the lifespan of your DC charging solution.

Got a question? Our EV charging experts are always happy to help.

Contact us to learn more about our wide range of flexible EV charging solutions.

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What People are Saying About Us

"Keeping our electric bus fleet running smoothly is paramount. Vital EV not only excels in installing EV chargers but also in the vital aspect of servicing and maintaining the charging infrastructure. Their proactive approach to regular maintenance ensures our charging stations are always in optimal condition. This reliability minimizes downtime and keeps our operations running seamlessly. The peace of mind that comes with knowing Vital EV is on top of maintenance is invaluable to our fleet management. They truly go the extra mile to keep our EV charging infrastructure in top-notch shape."

Pete

"Working in fleet management, I understand the importance of efficient and reliable EV charging infrastructure. Vital EV came through for us in a big way. Their expertise in EV charger installation is unmatched. They seamlessly integrated charging stations into our fleet depot, ensuring our electric buses are always ready to hit the road. The team's attention to detail and dedication to uptime is commendable. Vital EV is our trusted partner in electrifying our bus fleet, and I couldn't be more satisfied with their service."

Alexis

"Vital EV exceeded my expectations with their exceptional service. From the moment I contacted them, I was impressed. The installation process was smooth, and the team's professionalism was evident throughout. They left no stone unturned in ensuring that our EV chargers for the business fleet was installed flawlessly. I highly recommend Vital EV for their expertise and commitment to customer satisfaction."

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