Learn more about the many types of electric two-wheeler chargers.

They are basically classified into two types: slow or regular chargers and fast chargers.

Charger Type:

  1. Slow/Standard
    • This sort of charger uses an alternating current current to power the Electric Vehicle (EV) battery packs and takes time to fully charge the batteries. The three-pin plug is the most prevalent type of electric two-wheeler charger in India, and it can connect to any standard socket, providing a handy and portable manner of charging your Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries. It typically offers a power capacity of around 3.3kW on a 15 Amp socket and charging power levels of up to 220 volts.
    • The type 1 charger is followed by a five-point adaptor. Type 1 is also an alternative current (AC) slow charger, but its capacity ranges from 3.7 kW to 7 kW. This type is widely used in the United States and other nations, but not so much in India.
  2. Rapid Charger
    • The Combined Charging System (CCS) port, often known as CCS2, is the global standard type of fast charger used in India for charging two-wheelers. This sort of charger accepts both AC and Direct Current (DC) inputs and can handle up to 350kW of power supply for batteries ranging from 48 V to 72 V.
    • The CCS is a neatly arranged arrangement of two types of pins that supports both the 3-pin charging port and the Type-2 charging port (a 7-pin socket that may draw power from either an AC or DC source) on an EV.

For their electric scooters, Ola Electric and Ather Energy employ a proprietary fast charger type that is incompatible with standard charger slots. However, Ola Electric and Ather Energy have their own Hypercharge network and Ather Grid to charge their scooters without relying on external parties. Ather Energy made its unique charging connector and Ather Grid available and open for usage to other EV producers in the country in August 2021.

Ultraviolet, on the other hand, will employ a 3-pin AC industrial smart socket with Bluetooth communication, which is mandated by the government and is not a proprietary charging type. This model includes and is compatible with both a portable charger and a regular on-board charger with a 5A electrical outlet.

In our exclusive conversation with Tarun Mehta, CEO and co-founder of Ather Energy, he stated that the government should legislate standardized charging connections in every single parking lot, whether business or residential, to bring about a huge change in the adoption of EVs.

Swappable battery technology is also becoming more popular. The latest Union Budget focuses on developing swappable battery technology, which would significantly reduce EV downtime.

Interoperable standards will improve mobility and EV start-ups.

According to the Union Finance Minister, the government would implement a new policy for electric vehicle battery swapping, as well as interoperability requirements for public charging.

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