Electric Car Charging Posts
The electric car charging post market is rapidly developing with new companies and products coming to the market almost every few months. The basic technology has become established – a secure post with one socket, accessed by an electronic tag. However, variations on this are springing up. Charging posts for 2 cars, quick charging, different outputs, electronic displays, consumption monitoring software etc.
By far the most common public charging points are ‘Elektrobays’. They are basically shoulder high posts with a plug socket mounted near the top. The bays have a yellow coiled power lead which will supply 240 volts AC at 13 amps. This is compatible with most electric vehicles.
They are suitable for installation indoors or out in the street and are supplied by a company calledElektromotive
. The socket has a cover which is unlocked and opened by an RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag. This will be kept somewhere near the charging bay usually by a car park attendent or by shopping centre facilities management etc. In return for the tag you may be required to show some form of ID and / or leave a deposit.