With different types of charging connectors and different power ratings it can be really confusing to know what’s what in the world of electric vehicle charging. We’ll try to simplify it!
This type of charging and socket, also called: standard charging, fast charging, Menekes, Mode 3, Type 2, AC (alternating current) charging, was designed specifically for electric vehicles.
It’s faster to charge than using a domestic plug, and depending on the chargepoint, you can get specific data on the amount of power your vehicle is taking.
CITROËN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - CHARGING INFORMATION
Citroën vehicle socket: Type 2 connector
Citroën battery electric vehicle on board charger:
Citroën plug in hybrid vehicle on board charger:
Citroën supply an accelerated charging cable as standard with your vehicle, as it’s the recommended method for charging any electrified vehicle.
You can plug into different rated power sockets, but the vehicle will charge at the maximum rate of power available, capped by the capacity of the vehicle on board charger. 7kW is the level of power that is most commonplace and suitable for UK domestic properties installing chargepoints. At this rate, your Citroën electric vehicle would fully charge in 7.5 hours.
Three phase power is not something which is common at all in the UK at domestic properties, so the 11kW three phase on board charger won’t be suitable for most customers. However, if you do have access to three phase power, you will want to consider ordering the factory option of an 11kW on board charger, as this will enable you to charge your vehicle faster – in as little as 5 hours.
HOME CHARGE POINT
We highly recommend that electric vehicle customers install a chargepoint at their home as their daily charging solution.
Our charging partner is Pod Point, who are fully approved under the government Homecharge scheme. This means if you have off street parking, you can usually benefit from grant funding of £500 towards the cost of a home chargepoint.
Also called: slow charging, Mode 2, granny charging, trickle charging, standard charging, 3 pin charging, AC (alternating current) charging
You can buy an accessory charging cable from Citroën for charging your vehicle from a standard household 3 pin socket.
Domestically charging isn’t something we recommend as your daily charging solution. For starters, it takes a long time: to fully charge the 50kWh batteries in our battery electric vehicles can take 24 hours from a typical domestic household! Secondly, it can be risky if you don’t have the socket properly checked, or if you use extension cables or adaptors.
Quite simply, most household wiring was not put in place with electric vehicles in mind. There aren’t many household appliances that would draw 10amps consistently for up to 24 hours! So while domestic charging can be perfectly safe, we would always recommend that you have any socket you plan to charge from checked for suitability by a certified electrician.
Also called: quick charging, fast charging, DC charging, ultra-rapid charging
Citroën socket: CCS (Combined Charging System) connector
Citroën charge capability: 100kW: charging to 80% in 30 minutes^
Rapid charging takes a lot of power, so you wouldn’t install one of these in your home, but you can find them in a variety of public locations. Motorway services stations have them, as do an increasing number of petrol stations, and some supermarkets and shops are installing them.
Rapid chargers use direct current to charge the battery directly at a very fast rate. They are highly efficient up to 80% charge, but then stop charging or slow down for the final 20%.
^The vehicle will rapid charge at a rate of up to 100kW, depending on the power of the rapid charging station used and will take longer to charge at a lower power. Rapid charging stations are available across the UK at various locations and their power rating varies, typically from 50kW and sometimes up to 350kW. For further information on public charging stations across the UK, please visit www.zap-map.com
PUBLIC CHARGING LOCATIONS
There are a large number of standard and rapid chargepoints across the country, operated on many different networks. Usually you have to register with these networks, or download their app to use the chargepoints – but an increasing number are now being installed with payment card facilities built in.
Many are completely free to use. Others you pay for, either by the time you spend plugged in, or the amount of energy you use.
To find out what there is in your area, who operates the points, and whether you have to pay to use them, visit: www.zap-map.com