In the world of charging stations, there is continuous talk about AC charging stations and DC charging stations. But what is actually the difference? Let's explain!
You can charge an electric car with two different types of charging stations. An AC charging station or a DC charging station. “AC” is the abbreviation of “Alternate Current” alternating current while DC stands for “Direct Current”. The power grid supplies AC (alternating current). This type of electricity is quite economical to transmit over long distances. It is also easy to transform from high voltage to medium/low voltage.
Most devices have a built-in converter. A converter converts AC (alternating current) to DC (direct current). This happens without you even realizing it! An electric car also has a built-in converter. It converts the alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) before it goes to the car battery. You can charge your car very well with an AC charger, because an AC charging station is cheaper than a DC charging station, this is also the most commonly used solution for a home charger.
A DC charger does not transfer the power from the grid directly to the car. The DC charging station contains a converter. This converts alternating current (AC) into direct current (DC) before it enters the car. The converter in the car no longer needs to convert the current, the current can go from the charging station directly to the battery of your car.
With a DC charger you can charge vehicles faster, this brings many advantages. DC charging stations is not the best charging solution for the home. But it does offer many opportunities for transport and transport companies. It is also an ideal solution for a (fast) charging plaza.
Floading offers various AC charger and DC chargers. AC charging stations have a capacity of 7.4 kW, 11 kW or 22 kW. The DC charging solutions have a power of 40kW, 60kW, 120kW, 180kW, 240kW and even High power charging with 480kW is possible with charging stations from Floading!