Demystifying EV Jargon: A True Blue Guide For Aussies

G’day mate! So you’re thinking about getting yourself an electric vehicle, and you want to install a charging station at home or in your apartment. But crikey, all the technical jargon’s got you as confused as a possum up a gum tree. No worries, we’ve got your back like a true-blue mate. Here’s the lowdown on the lingo you need to know, with a bit of Aussie humor chucked in for good measure.

Types of Charging

First off, you got your Trickle Charging, which is like throwing a shrimp on the barbie – easy peasy, but not super filling. It’s a dinky-di method where you plug in your EV overnight, and it charges up real slow, especially if your battery is already chokka.

Next up is Fast Charging, which is like sipping a cold one at the pub – it’s a steady process, but it gets the job done. You can do this at home or at a public charging station, and it’ll give you a decent amount of juice in a jiffy.

Now, if you want to go full-blast, you gotta hit up the Rapid Charging stations. These are like a meat pie at the footy – they’ll give you a big hit of energy, but it’ll cost ya. These stations use DC power and can pump out over 50 kW, so you can be back on the road faster than a kangaroo on a trampoline.

If you’re in a pinch and need to charge up on the go, you can use Mobile Charging. It’s just like grabbing a sanga on your way through Bunnings. You plug into a domestic power outlet using a portable charging cable and hope you get enough charge to get you where you’re going.

Charging levels

As if understanding the EV jargon wasn’t already confusing enough, we had to go and add different levels of charging into the mix as well. Yeah, we like to make things harder than a rock in the outback. But don’t chuck a wobbly yet, we’ll explain them to you like a true-blue legend.

  • Level 1 Charging (Trickle Charging): This is the slowest type of charging and involves plugging your car into a normal power outlet (known as a GPO to electricians). This type of charging is like watching a koala climb a tree – it takes its time, but eventually gets there. Expect around 7-8 kilometers of range per hour.
  • Level 2 Charging (Fast Charging): This type of charging is faster than Level 1, providing around 40-50 kilometers of range per hour. It’s like a kangaroo hopping along – faster than a koala, but still not lightning speed.
  • DC Fast Charging (Rapid Charging): This is the fastest type of charging and uses a high-powered charger to provide up to 150-350 kilometers of range in just 20-30 minutes. It’s like a Tasmanian devil on steroids – super fast, but not suitable for home installation.
  • AC vs DC: When it comes to the type of charger, you got AC and DC. AC Charger is like Vegemite on toast – it’s a classic, and you’ll find it in home chargers or smaller public stations where drivers are likely to park for longer. AC chargers are Level 2. DC Chargers, on the other hand, are the top dogs. You’ll often find them on highways or locations where speed is a priority and they charge at Level 3.

How to start a charging session:

Alright, buckle up, mate! Let’s talk about how to juice up your EV like a true blue Aussie.

First up, you got your Plug and Play method. It’s like chucking a snag on the barbie – easy as pie. Just plug your charging cable into your EV and into the charging station, and you’re off to the races.

If you’re a bit more tech-savvy, you can use the App method. It’s like ordering Uber on your phone – convenient and a little bit fancy. Download the charging station’s app, find a nearby charger, and start the charging session with a tap of your finger.

Then there’s the RFID method. It’s like tapping your Opal card on the train – quick and easy. Just swipe your RFID card over the charging station’s reader, and you’re good to go.

And last but not least, you can use the Credit Card method. It’s like paying for petrol at the servo. Just swipe your credit card at the charging station’s reader, and you’ll be charged for the amount of electricity you use. Just be sure to check your balance before you swipe, or you might end up with a maxed-out card and an empty battery.

Power Measurements:

Let’s talk about power measurements for your electric vehicle. Now, I know it sounds about as thrilling as watching a koala sleep, but trust me, it’s as important than snagging the last Tim Tam. First up, you’ve got your kWh: This stands for kilowatt-hour, which is the fancy way of saying how much electricity your EV consumes or produces. If you are being charged to use an EV charging station (such as in a public venue or in a shared apartment building) you will be charged a $/kWh rate. Depending on the rate, it’s like a big ol’ jar of Vegemite – you’ll either love it or hate it.

Types of Electric Vehicles:

Now let’s discuss the different types of electric vehicles you can get your hands on.

  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV): It has both an electric motor and a petrol engine, so it can run on both electricity and petrol. It’s like your mate who tries to be healthy but can’t resist a sauso roll on your smoko.
  • Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV): This type of electric vehicle runs solely on electricity and doesn’t have a petrol engine. It’s like having a cold brew coffee – all the energy, none of the jitters.

Other Jargon:

  • Charging Station or Charge Point: This refers to a physical location where an electric vehicle can be charged. It’s like a watering hole for your car. Just like a good stubby holder keeps your beer cold, a good charging station keeps your EV charged!
  • Range Anxiety: This is the fear or concern that an electric vehicle will run out of battery power before reaching its destination, often cited as a barrier to wider EV adoption. It’s like worrying about getting lost in the Outback – it’s a valid concern, but with a bit of planning, you’ll be alright.

So there you have it, mate! The different types of charging, charging levels, charger types, how to start a charging session, and power measurements explained. With all this knowledge under your belt, you’ll be able to charge up your EV like a true-blue Aussie in no time or at least sound like a professional at your mates next BBQ. So, what are you waiting for? Go get yourself a green machine and start charging!

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