Electric mobility is a growing trend in Italy and involves the long-term rental of electric cars, entrusted to companies in the sector that cater to private users, professionals and companies.
Wallboxes for home charging play an essential role in the offer, i.e. devices that provide adequate autonomy, and one of the benchmarks in this field is DazeTechnology. Let’s see what it is, how it works and how to choose the electric car wallbox.
What is an electric car wallbox?
The wallbox for electric cars is the device that allows batteries to be recharged from home or public charging stations, which reduce the footprint and turn a simple socket into an advanced charging station. Their installation is regulated by special standards (CEI EN 61851-1), which indicate the criteria and parameters to be observed for safety.
As for the systems of charging from home, the wall box must be placed outdoors or near parking space and garage, while in condominium buildings you can make a direct connection of the EV to the charging stations. In any case, the installation must be certified by a qualified technician in order to be considered fully compliant.
How does an electric car wallbox work?
The operation of the wall box is technically complex and after contacting the technician to certify the system, it is connected to the charging system. Through the public and private wallbox, a safe and efficient transfer of energy is achieved, and the power of the home grid is adapted to the car to be recharged.
The power of the electric car wallbox is expressed in kilowatts and reaches 7.4 kW in single-phase and 22 kW in three-phase. There are also models on the market with a dual function, to perform two recharges at the same time if properly calibrated with the mains.
How to choose a wallbox?
The choice of wallbox must take certain parameters into account, namely:
- Charging power: the most common are the 11 kW and 22 kW, but there are also charging stations with lower power for use with single-phase current and 230 volts;
- Plug types: The plug type of the wallbox must be suitable for the car. For modern electric cars the plug is type 2 with a menneker socket, but there are also type 1 plugs and Chademo plugs for Japanese electric cars;
- Cable length: each wallbox has different cable lengths that allow the car to be parked close to the charging station and are not heavy and bulky;
- Installation: 11 or 22 kW charging stations are three-phase or strong current and require professional installation by an electrician, while the lower power wallbox uses a single-phase or 230 volt line.
How much does a wallbox cost?
The cost of the wallbox is also variable and among the factors influencing it are:
- the wall box model;
- the type of system to be installed;
- the power output;
- integrated technology;
- any ancillary interventions.
In addition, one has to consider the price of electricity, according to the tariffs applied by one’s electricity provider and taking into account the higher power output of these devices, with higher performance compared to normal electrical sockets in the home.
Even the installation of the wallbox has a different cost depending on the supplier, and the installation of the system can be done on one’s own or by relying on a specialised company such as DazeTechnology.