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Charging station installation; How it works

Thursday 01 December 2022

The electric car is on the rise. Many people are experiencing the convenience of having their own charging station. Petrol stations and expensive fuel are a thing of the past. So the charging station provides extra travel convenience. You can leave the car on the charger all night and drive away in the morning.

Fast charging stations are also available. In a few hours, your electric vehicle will be charged. A charging station should be installed in a professional manner. Have this done by someone who understands it. Find a good professional via Zoofy.

Different types of charging stations

You can choose the charging station of your choice. Good charging stations include Newmotion, Zappi and Webasto. These (smart) charging stations are of high quality and have multiple charging options. There are several models of these charging stations. Think of the Newmotion Home Standard, Newmotion Home Connect and the Newmotion Home Advanced 3.0. The latter two models can charge at both single- and three-phase speeds. Three-phase charging is a lot faster, namely at a rate of 22 kWh. Moreover, for each charging station, you can choose the desired cable length. Installing an intermediate cable, if required, is also possible.

Newmotion charge posts are easy to manage. Electricity consumption is also transparent on the website. Furthermore, you can easily declare all kilometres to your employer. Mileage for both private and business use is thus transparent.

Installing a charging station in steps

1. Check the height of your power connection

Before having a charging station installed, it is wise to check the height of your power connection. There are single-phase and three-phase power connections available. Newer homes have a three-phase connection as standard. Power current can be connected to this. Small consumers have a maximum of three times eighty-eight amps. Three times twenty-five amps is usually sufficient for a charging station. Single-phase power is weaker. You cannot fast charge on single-phase power. You can ask your grid operator to increase the current in the meter box before installing a charging station. This way, you can usually go from single-phase to three-phase current. However, there are charging stations that can also charge on single-phase current.

2. Check whether your connection allows load balancing

With multiple devices and an electric car charger, the power network can become overloaded. This is usually the case with fast charging time and too weak a power connection. This is because the power of an electric vehicle requires a lot of power. A charging station usually features load balancing. You charge the car in a safe and balanced way. This is a kind of safety mechanism against overloading the power network. You usually need three-phase power and a suitable connection. Not every connection goes with load balancing. Check with your grid operator or an electrician if necessary. If necessary, have your meter box adapted. For this, you can also contact an electrician via Zoofy.

3. Order a charging station and have it installed by a professional

Determine the position of your charging station and get a quote. Have a skilled professional install your charging station via Zoofy, for example. You can choose between single-phase or three-phase charging posts. Charging posts for single-phase current are the so-called "granny chargers". Three-phase current allows fast charging. The choice depends on your current connection. You do pay higher energy costs for a fast charger. It is always best to choose a pole with dynamic load balancing. This prevents fuses from blowing. The professional usually needs to add an extra group in the meter cupboard. The wallbox or charging station is connected to this group.

It is unwise to install a charging station yourself. If you have no knowledge of electricity, you risk electrocution. This is because if you do the wrong thing, you will be exposed to three times 230 volts. An electrician or mechanic understands and knows how to work safely. A professional, such as an electrician, is therefore a useful and safe investment. They can connect the cables correctly and can check that the charging station is working properly. Before connecting, make sure your meter box and crawl space are freely accessible.

The technician will place the wallbox or charging station in the desired location. Then the wiring will be connected, in a professional manner, to your power network in your home. Companies can also easily have their charging station installed by a professional. Rates vary depending on cable length and duration. The distance from the charging station to the meter box also plays a role in determining the price.