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Buying guide: choosing the right charging solution for your electric car

Choosing a charging station is the first step that every new electric car owner is faced with. It can also be a choice to provide charging stations on a public or private parking lot for customers, employees and visitors. The needs are then very different. Faced with a multiple choice of solutions for charging electric vehicles, it is difficult to know which product to choose. Carplug helps you to choose the right wallbox or charging socket for your needs.

The different types of wallboxes

For individuals and professionals there are different solutions for charging electric cars.

Vehicle charging at home

To recharge your car at home, you can opt for a type 2 or type 1 cable on a standard socket with an adapter or for a reinforced socket or choose the installation of an electric wallbox.
The use of a standard plug is certainly the most economical solution because it does not require any particular installation but it is also the least optimal solution. The charging time will be longer due to a much lower charging power. This solution remains the least secure because of the risk of overheating and disconnection.
The reinforced electrical socket such as the Green up socket, allows to secure the domestic recharge of the electric vehicle with a shorter charging time.
Finally, the wallbox is more expensive but remains the optimal solution to recharge your electric car quickly and safely.
There are solutions to further secure your car's electric recharge such as differential switches, circuit breakers and emission triggers.
Finally, for more freedom, mobile wallboxes are also available for sale and allow you to charge your vehicle anywhere, anytime.

Vehicle charging for condominiums, companies and communities

For private parking lots, charging stations for condominiums are perfectly adapted. These are collective wallboxes that will allow to manage the charging of several electric vehicles and its billing.
For companies and public parking lots, Circontrol and Alfen charging stations and the Evbox Business Line charging station are designed to meet their needs. They can be sold with a management software and an RFID card system. For pricing and access control, pay-as-you-go wallboxes are also an ideal solution for communities and public parking lots.
These wallboxes are generally designed for fast charging of electric cars.

Which charging power is for which electric car?

The charging power of an electric car can vary, which will then play on the recharging time but also on the autonomy and the number of km possible before the next charge.
The majority of electric vehicles have a type 2 socket and can therefore be charged with type 2 type 2 cables. It can also be a type 1 socket, in which case you will need a type 2 type 1 charging cable.
Whether you are charging a Tesla, a Renault Zoe, a Nissan or a Citroën, the socket and the charging power are the two criteria to check when selecting the right charging station or the right charging cable.

Do you have a question about charging stations or charging cables?

Please contact our experts to give you customized advice on how to choose the best wallbox or charging cable for your electric car.

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