What is bi-directional smart charging?
Published by The Editorial Team on 07.12.2018 - 1 min
To estimate your electric car’s battery charging time, you need to consider two main factors: the battery capacity and the type of charging point used.
Are you going to hook up to a household power socket, a standard, semi-rapid or rapid charging point? Charging points come in several power ratings: 7.4 kW, 11 kW, 22 kW and 43 kW. The charge time can vary considerably depending on the power outlet. Generally speaking, it can range from tens of minutes to ten or so hours.
But bear in mind that, depending on its features and technical specifications, each vehicle will have its own individual charge time. For example, it takes the Renault Twizy just 3 hours and 30 minutes to fully recharge using a standard power socket, the ZOE 1 hour and 38 minutes using a rapid charging point and the new Kangoo Z.E. 4 hours and 5 minutes using a rapid charging point. Drivers of Renault electric vehicles also get Chameleon technology: a charger that adapts to suit the charging point’s power rating. This draws out the best of its charging capacity over as short a charge time as possible.