New generation electrified vehicles continue to hit the market, and EVs are now part of our daily lives. So, the demand for fast charging solutions continues to increase. While not every location needs a DC fast charging station (or can afford the price tag), you can still take advantage of high-powered AC charging stations to attract customers to your business.
Charging speeds: What do they really mean?
Every car charges a little differently. Battery capacity, like fuel tank size, is only one part of the charging speed equation. It’s an important part, but there are other factors to consider. For example, direct current (DC) charging is faster than alternating current (AC) charging. The current is able to bypass the vehicle’s regulator and deliver the charge directly to the battery. The charging station’s amperage also limits the amount of power it can deliver. Also, a standard AC charging station might be able to deliver 32 amps. However, a DC charger could perhaps deliver as much as 180 amps. More amps = faster charging times. When deciding what kind of charging station to install, site owners need to take a lot of factors into account.
The Importance of Dwell Time
Picture this! You offer valet parking service for a high-end restaurant where you know your customers will likely sit and dine for 2 to 3 hours. You might want to stand out from the crowd and differentiate yourself by offering EV charging as part of your service. However, you might not have the proper infrastructure or budget to install a DC charging station. Furthermore, you don’t want to offer a standard 32 amp charging station service. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it will not be fast enough to add enough charge to your customers’ vehicles by the time they finish dining in your restaurant. You need a charging station with higher power. Noodoe has an answer.
Our AC19L Exceed chargers are 80 amp, 19kw chargers capable of charging vehicles at double the speed of standard 32 amp chargers. That means considerably reduced charging session times. Our Exceed DC series is a great solution for many projects that require a lightning-fast charging speed (providing 20% more power than any other DC charging station in the market). However, the budget necessary to deploy multiple DC charging stations is not small. It’s likely far greater than what many customers who want to offer great charging speeds to their customers have earmarked. The AC Exceed high power charging stations are budget-friendly. AC19Ls are also easy to deploy, manage and operate, with Noodoe’s signature Scan, Pay, Charge system and the power of Noodoe EV OS.
When to use a High Powered AC charger?
Not every project needs high-speed charging. Lots of locations offer long enough dwell time that high-speed charging is overkill. When staying overnight at a hotel or working a 9-hour workday, drivers have plenty of time for their vehicles to charge slowly. So, when is it worth it to increase the charging speed available? To answer that, it’s important to determine the nature of the site where the EV charger is going to be installed.
First, determine the likelihood of drivers sticking around for a while, such as at a shopping mall, residential building, library, or hotel. At Noodoe, we know that a standard 32 amp charger is perfect in these places. However, some sites host drivers who won’t dwell as long. Other reasons for needing faster charging speeds could be to meet the demand of fleet drivers or to cover the turnover common in high traffic areas where many customers would like to use chargers. In such cases, an AC Exceed charger is the perfect solution!
What chargers offer high-speed AC charging?
The Noodoe AC19L and AC19L Exceed are wifi-enabled high-powered AC chargers. Combined with Noodoe’s Gateway, they make any installation a simple process: just plug and play. No need for special installations, complicated internet connections, or anything else. It all works right out of the box. Commissioning your units for management in our cloud-based operating system, Noodoe EV OS, is as easy as Scan and Add. Furthermore, setting up pricing, automation for peak hours, occupancy fees, grace periods, and payment methods is simple, just a few clicks away. And it all looks very nice when installed!
The Bottom Line
More drivers are switching to electrified vehicles. It’s a trend that’s only ramping up with the price at the pump these days. And it means that businesses now find themselves able to be part of the “refueling” process. These charging stations are excellent draws for customers. They’re also a great way for businesses to differentiate themselves in their own markets.