AC charging is still used today simply because EVs are still supplied with on-board chargers. However this pairing of hardware will struggle to maintain relevance as the electric mobility industry matures.
The average electric vehicle battery capacity has increased by 250% since 2012. Today’s battery capacities are capable of delivering an average 354km (220 miles) on a full charge. With the average single day commute around 64km (40 miles), it is uncommon for EVs to run the battery flat. As a result, bulky on-board chargers are becoming redundant as they no longer serve as the fail-safe device they once did. Rectifier Technologies specialises in developing and manufacturing high efficiency power conversion products, and is leveraging its expertise to offer chargers as the industry transitions to using low power DC.