EV charging: the difference between AC and DC

The difference between AC and DC v2

The two electric vehicle charging technologies are alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). The ChargeNet network is made up of both AC and DC chargers, so it is important to understand the difference between these two technologies.

Alternating current (AC) charging is slower, much like charging at home. AC chargers are generally found in the home, workplace settings, or public locations and will charge an EV at levels from 7.2kW to 22kW. Our AC chargers support the Type 2 charging protocol. These are BYO cables, (untethered). You’ll often find these stations in a carpark or workplace where you can park for at least an hour.

DC (direct current), often referred to as fast or rapid chargers, means much higher power outputs, which equates to much faster charging. DC chargers are bigger, faster, and an exciting breakthrough when it comes to EVs. Ranging from 22kW – 300kW, the latter adding up to 400km in 15 minutes for supported vehicles*. Our DC rapid charging stations support both CHAdeMO and CCS-2 charging protocols. These always have a cable attached (tethered), which you plug directly into your car.

Our DC rapid chargers keep you moving when you are travelling intercity or exceeding your daily range locally. Learn more about how long it might take to charge your EV.