Technical Information

This page will explain the differences between the charging speeds.

Slow Charging

This is generally used for basic charging at home and at work, and can actually be done with a standard 3 pin plug, however we do not recommend this.

  • Standard plug (3 pin)
      • Power: 2.3kW
      • In 1 hour of charging, charger can achieve: 8 miles
  • Type 1 Connector (5 pin)
      • Power: 3.7kW
      • In 1 hour of charging, charger can achieve: 12.5 miles

Fast Charging

Used for charging at home and at work.

  • Type 1 connector (5 pin)
      • Power: between 3.7kW and 7kW
      • In 1 hour of charging, charger can achieve (respectively): 12.5 miles and 25 miles
  • Type 2 Connector (7 pin)
      • Power: 3.7kW, 7kW and 22kW
      • In 1 hour of charging, charger can achieve (respectively): 12.5 miles, 25 miles and 75 miles (three phase)

(Three phase is very rare in the UK, and there are little-to-no three phase in standards homes. However, in some commercial buildings there is three phase)

AC charging is limited to 22kW, DC chargers can reach 50kW to 120kW

Rapid Charging

Most commonly found at motorway services or locations close to main routes, and is designed for en route, extremely fast charging.

All DC chargers come with tethered cables.

  • CHAdeMo
      • Power: 50kW
      • In 30 minutes of charging, charger can achieve: 75 miles
  • Combined Charging Systems (CCS)
      • Power: Between 50kW, 150kW and 350kW
      • In 30 minutes of charging, charger can achieve (respectively) 75 miles, 225 miles and 525 miles
  • Type 2
      • Power: between 150kW and 250kW
      • In 30 minutes of charging can achieve (respectively): 180 miles and 500 miles

DC charging is not suitable for all vehicle- models (Check if yours is suitable here: Electric Vehicle Guides | Pod Point)

Some cars only have a lower charging capacity, sometimes as low as 3kw, however it is ok to use a higher power supply, as the cable will just max out at the car’s limit.