TAKE A LOOK AT THE TOOLS NEEDED FOR AN EV CHARGING SYSTEM
With more electric vehicles hitting the roads these days, it’s important for your shop to know about all of the tools and equipment you may need — including a reliable EV charging system — to repair such models. EV charging systems are available in three basic types: Level 1 (120 volts), Level 2 (240 volts) and Level 3 (also known as DC Fast Charging).
Here’s a look at Level 1 and Level 2 chargers:
How do the two systems differ? Significantly. The following examples are based on a 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Note that, the charging rates and actual charge times will vary based on vehicle model, battery condition, output of the charger, vehicle settings, outside temperature and the vehicle's remaining charge.
These chargers are typically used at an owner’s home. A cord comes with the vehicle and plugs into most standard power outlets. As for speed, a Level 1 charger provides about 6 or 8 km of range per hour of charge. It takes approximately 55 hours to fully charge a depleted battery with the 12-amp AC current setting.
These units, on the other hand, can charge much faster than Level 1, taking approximately 10 hours to fully charge a depleted battery with a 32-amp AC setting. This allows for approximately 40 km of range for every hour of charge. A robust Level 2 charger can serve an independent body shop well into the future for a reasonable price.