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Redesigning electric vehicle charging station
Written on: 07 November 2011 [20:24]
registered since: 07.11.2011
Hi all !
I am a student studying Product/Industrial design and I am really interested in all things electric cars. For my project I am designing charging stations for electric vehicles. My intended audience would be businesses and work places intending to provide them for their employees. Could you guys please reply me with your own experiences when it comes to using charging stations for your electric vehicles in public spaces, any annoyances, problems as well as improvements you would like to see would be greatly appreciated.
Written on: 07 November 2011 [20:57]
registered since: 20.07.2007
I am driving an electric vehicle for more than 2 years now.
A charging station can be actually quite simple:
- 1 station (box) with at least three sockets can serve three parking spaces
- Parking spaces should be reserved for electric cars
- Fuses must be accessible for the user
- Socket should be in a closed and locked box (rain protection), locked so that others cannot pull the plug
If it is required that the user pays for the electricity, a coin system would be preferred in my case
Or access via mobile phone...but this requires a data connection to the charging point, makes it all unnecessarily expensive
In many countries in Europe, there are Park & Charge boxes in use. For me this system has proven to be very user-friendly and reliable.
No need for high tech.
Written on: 30 March 2012 [08:37]
registered since: 30.03.2012
First have a look into Flow batteries...
Second, since it takes time to fill a battery even at high voltages i suggest that on the small scale that the changing station has the basics:
An array of plugs or roller leads with armored cable
Plenty of space around it
Quick disconnect for someone driving off with the cable still plugged in
Heavily rain prof and Vandal proof. I can not stress this enough. I suggest that the electricity is not even in the box till its plugged in ant set to active. Lock the electricity in the ground away from damage and misuse, the box on top is only the delivery system
Card payment and no cash since this means less attractive to valdals.
CCTV all the way around for protection
A connection to a central help station
If you go with the screen / tv idea then some simple help web site to help people get connected.
One important point, if these units are in the street then they will be targets for metal thieves as well.
Since it takes time and if in the public arena rather than a home unit:
A tv to while away the time or show adverts and an additional charge for real tv
A wifi link
On the big scale then it needs to be a coffee shop:
TO take refreshment while waiting.
Good luck with the project
Written on: 06 April 2012 [21:48]
registered since: 07.11.2011
|Thank you for you help much appreciated !!!!!!|
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