Charging Types

There are two types of EV charger.

There are two types of EV charger.

The first is alternating current charging (AC). This uses your vehicle's integrated charger. This means that charging speed depends on the capacity of your car’s charger and the maximum power provided by the charging station.

The second type is direct current (DC) charging, also called fast or super-fast. The charging station is directly connected to your electric traction battery and controls the entire charging process. Charging speed depends on the capacity of the charging station, the design of the vehicle battery and the current battery condition (charge status, temperature).

For more details, see Frequently Asked Questions What is the difference between slow, normal (AC), fast and super-fast charging?

For each type of charging (AC or DC), a different charging station design (stand, WallBox, post, portable) are available.

Which Station Should I Choose?

OlifeEnergy WallBox, OlifeEnergy Portable

These charging stations work best when the car is out of operation for a longer period of time. These stations can be wall mounted or brought out especially for charging. These stations are also ideal if your car has a permanent reserved space. They are commonly used in homes, private garages and hotels. They can also be used in places with single phase distribution (e.g. recreational facilities).

OlifeEnergy AC

This charger is normally installed in public places with high electric vehicle penetration and where vehicles park for at least an hour. In such locations a bank of cars can be charged more effectively than with fast chargers. Typical examples include shopping and office centres, company car parks, etc. The OlifeEnergy station provides the convenience of integrated cables, so the driver does not have to take the cable or adapters out of the electric car's trunk compartment, and above all, does not get dirty. Our stations can charge two electric vehicles at the same time.

When is slow charging better than fast charging?

OlifeEnergy DC

This is the most powerful station and is ideal for short-stop locations such as gas stations, fast food, and the like. It often also complements the charging equipment for electric car fleets as a tool for rapid emergency charging.

OlifeEnergy DC WallBox a OlifeEnergy DC Portable

When you need fast DC charging for your car and the situation does not allow the installation of a full stand (e.g. due to planning permission), our DC fast charging wallbox products are ideal. They are available in up to 25 kW in both CCS and Chademo standards, but not both at the same time.

Which Station Performance Should You Choose?

OlifeEnergy AC Charging Stations (AC - OlifeEnergy AC, OlifeEnergy WallBox, and OlifeEnergy Portable) are available in single and three phase power ratings from 3.7 kW to 22 kW. The best station for you will depend on your wiring and vehicle type (its on-board charger). It is best to choose the maximum possible power that your wiring network allows so as to provide enough power for all types of electric vehicles.

OlifeEnergy DC Charging Stations (OlifeEnergy DC, OlifeEnergy DC WallBox, and OlifeEnergy DC Portable) provide fast power from 25 kW to 150 kW. More powerful stations can also be supplied for special cases. Again, the power of the station must be selected based on the capacity available on your network. (A 50-kW station needs the same power connection as two large family houses).

If there is insufficient power available at the place the charging station is installed, it can be configured for less power than the maximum. The performance of all OlifeEnergy charging stations can also be controlled remotely in real time, using the Powered by Olife Cloud.

With Smart Energy charging, you can maximise the use of your stations and monitor the current state of the grid. In this way, it is possible to configure a group of stations for priority power control, not exceeding the reserved power for a specific time period (typically 15 min), and to deactivate stations in case of extreme conditions, etc.