Rapid DC Charging

Many of the electric cars on the market today can be charged several ways.
EVs can charge slowly on a 120 volt alternating current (AC) outlet that you’d normally use to power a table lamp. This approach generally adds about 3 miles of range to the battery per hour. Homes are wired with 240 volt AC lines to power the oven, clothes dryer, etc. 240 volt AC charging stations generally add 20 miles of range per hour, require about 4 or 5 hours to fully charge the battery, and are the most common way drivers charge their cars. You can charge overnight while you sleep or during the day while you work. But what about road trips? Few people can sit around for 4 hours to charge their car during a road trip. So car makers now include the option to charge an EV with high voltage, high amperage direct current (DC) rapid charging stations. Tesla has set the standard with their Supercharger stations that currently provide 400 volts and over 300 amps that can add 170 miles to the battery pack in 30 minutes. The other EV manufacturers offer DC charging at 400 volts and up to 125 amps. My 2012 Toyota Rav4 EV was not sold with a DC rapid charge port, but Quick Charge Power sells an aftermarket DC charge inlet for the 2012-2014 Rav4 EV, called JdeMO, that I had installed on my car last year. Read more about the DC charge port installation and how it all works here.