Improvements To AC Charging Stations

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As with the ongoing progression and adoption of new technologies, there are improvements made over time that create more public interest. In the case of electric vehicles (EV), there has been a slowly increased interest over the years, primarily within groups of people interested in conservation. Electric vehicles of the past were underpowered and mostly without style, which made them a choice only for those who were willing to sacrifice style for the environment. People who believed that they could make a difference purchased and drove electric vehicles fully understanding that it would be more convenient to drive a gas-powered vehicle, purposefully choosing the EV so as to make a small difference in the impact that was happening to the climate. The majority of the population came around far more slowly, with EVs being adopted in a more widespread capacity in Europe than in the United States. Simply put, technological advancement is usually as a result of the ability to make more money for businesses, so without a major interest in the EV market on the part of the public, private industry did not put a significant effort into creating solutions for the inconveniences EV ownership brought about. For many years the cars remained underpowered, and it would be expected that the wait times for a full charge to your car at a public station would be an hour or more.

Companies like Tesla changed the EV game with the introduction of a line of EVs that were powerful and stylish, with added capacities for batteries as well as a branded grid of “superchargers” across the United States. This gave Tesla owners the exclusive ability to charge their vehicles quickly, while also creating an atmosphere of exclusivity and luxury. This, along with other players getting into the game, brought a significant amount of awareness to the EV market, and coupled with tightening emissions standards the public interest in electric vehicles grew, increasing demand. The main issue still plaguing the market is that the existing grid of public charging stations do not have the capability of delivering the powerful load necessary to quick-charge, and the vehicle’s rectifiers can not handle the extra load as well. In order to solve this issue and create more widespread adoption of electric vehicle brands other than Tesla, widespread rollout of upgrades to the charging station network accessible to the public must happen. The stations need to be outfitted with the latest ultrafast DC charging equipment, capable of delivering a full charge in less than ½ hour. There is a significant risk associated with this type of business idea, essentially coming in the form of lightning strikes to and around the station itself. The expensive equipment and expanded footprint necessary to create the solution is threatened by lightning strikes and associated power surges potentially damaging the equipment and costing extra money. Through the integration of technologically advanced surge protection devices from Raycap within the upgraded public EV fast charging setups, owner operators can expand their capabilities and capacities without the risk levels that plagued them in the past. The future of EV charging is right around the corner, thanks to surge protection.

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