Electric vehicle charging technology includes two main forms: alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC).
AC charging is similar to home charging, with slower charging speeds and power ranges from 7.2kW to 22kW, and is commonly found in homes, workplaces and public spaces. Users need to bring their own cables for the AC charger, which are usually located in parking lots or workplaces where the vehicle can be parked for at least an hour.
In contrast, DC charging (often referred to as fast charging) provides significantly higher power output, thus facilitating faster charging. Available in power ranges from 22kW to 300kW, these chargers can add 400 kilometers of range to supported vehicles* in just 15 minutes.
The main difference between AC charging and DC charging is where the conversion from AC to DC occurs. Regardless of the type of charging station used, an electric vehicle's battery always stores DC energy. When using a DC charging station, the conversion from AC (from the grid) to DC occurs within the charging station itself, allowing for rapid conversion of AC power from the grid. As a result, some DC power stations can provide up to 400 kW of electricity, which can fully charge an electric vehicle in just a few minutes.
Rest assured, DC charging will not damage your battery.
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