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EV charging in SG: Here’s how and when to charge

EV charging in SG: Here’s how and when to charge

EV Charging

Congrats! You made the jump to getting an electric vehicle (EV). But going from petrol to electric is a big shift in mindset, because unlike petrol cars, you don't charge the car when the fuel tank says empty. Instead, you'll need to adopt the mindset of EV charging whenever possible.

That means if you're in a carpark with EV charging facilities, feel free to plug your EV in. Of course, if the car has plenty of juice left, you don't have to do so. But ideally, you should plug it in if it's 50% or less. With most slower AC public chargers, one hour of charging should give you around 10kWh or more. That's usually enough for your EV to go another 50km to 80km. A full charge with AC charging can take several hours.

If you're fast charging, you'll probably be able to top up your EV's batteries in an hour or two, depending on the fast DC charger and how much power your EV can take in. Most EV manufacturers recommend charging to a maximum of 80% to preserve the battery, but it's up to you if you want to charge to 100% regardless.

EV Charging
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Types of EV Chargers

In Singapore, most EVs can be charged by either AC or DC chargers. AC chargers are slow chargers, while DC chargers do fast charging. AC chargers are typically smaller in size, and are mounted on the wall. On the other hand, DC chargers are usually bigger in size, and feature thicker cables. You can also find charging points which feature both AC and DC chargers together, but they are usually labelled so you can't go wrong.

EV Charging
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EV Charging

To charge, simply pop open the charging port. These are usually located where a petrol car's fuel intake is, but EVs can have the charging ports in front, or even at the front sides. This can make it a pain to actually position your car correctly (you may need to drive head in).

Anyway, once you open the port, you should see two covers. Some cars may not have a cover. The top cover is for the AC charging port, so you only need to remove this to plug in the AC charger. If you're charging DC, you need to remove both covers.

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EV Charging
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Once plugged in, scan the QR code on the charger with the appropriate app and the charging should start. If it doesn't, just try again. It could also be an issue with the charger, so try it out with another unit.

Remember to remove your car when charging is complete. Some charging spots have implemented an idling charge, so if you don't remove your EV after the grace period, it can cost up to an additional S$20.

And that's that! Enjoy your new EV drive.

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