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It is a 50kW ‘level 3’ electric vehicle Rapid Charger. It has two connector types or plugs known as CHAdeMO and CCS Combo type 1. Both plug types use high voltage direct current (DC) and deliver up to 50 kW of power.
The below table displays some common vehicles and which Rapid Charger plug they use.
|Electric Vehicle||Plug type|
|Tesla Model S||CHAdeMO*|
|BMW i3||CCS Combo Type 1|
Follow the below diagram and instructions to use the rapid charging station.
Time required to fully charge an electric vehicle depends on a few factors; however the capacity of the battery is a large determinant. If the vehicle has a large battery, charging time will be longer. Below is a table summarising some common electric vehicles and their respective recharge times.
|Vehicle||Battery Size (kWh)||Approx. Charge time (0% to 80%)*|
|Nissan Leaf||24||15 – 20 min|
|Tesla Model S||70 - 90||1 – 1.5 hr|
|BMW i3||22||15 – 20 min|
|Mitsubishi i-MiEV||16||15 min|
These charging stations have a charging capacity of up to 22kW with a Mennekes type 2 socket enclosed with weather resistant shutters for protection. They are compatible with all type 2 charging plugs according to IEC 62196-2.
A type 1 to type 2 adapter lead compatible with the Mennekes plug is required for charging with the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and BMW i3 models. Fast electric vehicle charging stations are also known as level 2 charging stations.
Follow the below instructions to use the rapid charging station.
1. Insert plug: push while turning the plug counter clockwise into the socket.
2. Card activation: swipe your RFID card over the RFID icon to unlock a charging session. The circle around the RFID icon will light up as your card is being validated. The ‘charging’ light on the display will turn on when validation is successful.
3. Remove the plug: remove plug from the socket when you have finished charging. When your vehicle is fully charged the ‘charging’ light will turn off and the ‘available’ light will turn on.
Time required to fully charge an electric vehicle depends on a few factors. The capacity of the battery is a large determinant. If the vehicle has a large battery, charging time will be longer. Below is a table summarising some common electric vehicles and their respective recharge times for the level 2 charging stations.
|Vehicle||Battery Size (kWh)||Approx. Charge time|
|Nissan Leaf||24||3 – 6 hr|
|Tesla Model S||70 - 90||3 – 4 hr|
|BMW i3||22||2 – 6 hr|
|Mitsubishi i-MiEV||16||2 - 4 hr|
|Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||12||1 - 3 hr|