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What Makes the Perfect EV Charging Infrastructure?

Introduction

Looking for the most sustainable EV charging infrastructure solutions? Discover the best compliant-friendly components for your EV charging station design.

Since the UK government changed EV charging regulations in June 2022, provisions for EV station design, materials, components, cabling, and electronics must now adhere to specific requirements. 

From January 2022, the government reported 28,375 public EV charging stations. And with the percentage set to rise in the future as electronic vehicles and EV charge stations become compulsory, now is the time to think about laying the foundations for an environmentally friendly manufacturing process. 

With this in mind, discover the necessary components and design requirements to meet EV charging station regulations.  

Looking for the most sustainable EV charging infrastructure solutions? Discover the best compliant-friendly components for your EV charging station design.

Current Government Regulations for EV Charging Infrastructure

In the UK, the government have made it obligatory for all EV charge points and stations to be regulated to help manage the electrical demands our nations are destined to face.

Making this transition into renewable forms of energy requires all domestic, public, and workplace EV charging stations to operate with “smart functionality” and device-level requirements. These compulsory features ensure:

  • EV charging with less demand on the grid.
  • EV charging when more renewable energy is available.
  • Device level requirements for access levels, security and information.

So, if you’re looking to design, produce and supply EV charge points or stations, then adhering to the current regulations is essential for the reputation and progression of your business.

EV charging infrastructure regulations apply to any businesses or people selling, offering, or advertising EV charge solutions within the following definitions of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018.

EV Charging Station Design Standards: Infrastructure and Regulations

The basis of quality EV charging infrastructure consists of three main elements:

Basic EV Charging Station Infrastructure:
1. Casing EV station design must factor in external and internal cablings and electronics. The main priority for the casing is to protect the EV charging system and internal components from external interferences that may affect it, such as extreme weather conditions, vandalism, and collision damage. The design for an EV charging station depends on whether the unit is standing, attached to a wall, or something different. The casing requires an IP (Ingress Protection) rating to ensure that any water ingress doesn’t damage the charger. The casing must also protect the internal EV charging station components. It’s no mystery that most tethered charging faults occur because of wet charging plugs from incompetent cable fitting.

2. Cables

EV charging stations can have tethered or untethered cables. Tethered cables tend to be more convenient, while untethered units typically offer a flexible solution.

The purpose of the cabling is to carry high currents from the charger to the cable. Secondly, they need the capacity for smart functionality by measuring and communicating the amount of power for regulation purposes.

Multiple connector standards exist for different needs and branding design styles. Internal cabling needs to be considered within the EV charging station design too.

The EV charging design is also influenced by what type of cable management system is in place. An overhead cable management system is easier to construct and can deliver more power but is less protected than an underground cable management system.

An underground cable management system is ideal for EV charging stations placed in build-up city environments.

3. Electronics and Other Components

At a basic level, EV charging solutions will have a power switch connecting the vehicle and charger with a safety limiter that maintains the power supply to the vehicle remains safe.

The electronics and software must provide communications through a controller too. Some smart chargers connect to a cloud-controlled network with a Wi-Fi connection. Depending on the area, an ethernet cable might be preferable for a reliable connection and internet access.

Accounting for heat dissipation is another vital consideration for your EV charging station design. All sockets, relays and contractors must tolerate heat levels when the EV station is on a full charge.

What are the EV charging Station Design Regulations?

All EV charging components within the design must adhere to the following UK regulations:

Smart Functionality

The EV charger facilitates sending and receiving electronic information while responding to signals with side response services and a user interface (UI). 

Continued Charging

The EV station continues to charge even if it becomes unconnected to the communications network.

Electricity Supplier Transparency

Regardless of the electricity supplier or if the supplier changes after the EV station is established, the EV charging station continues to operate and apply smart functionality.

Safety Provisions

The EV charging station is designed to prevent all users from endangering themselves or others.

Security Requirements

The security components need to remain consistent with ETSI EN 303 645 cyber security standards.

Measurement Tools

Lastly, the EV charging station is required to accurately measure and calculate the amount of electricity used and the time it takes. This information must always be visible and available to the station owner.

Finding the Best EV Charging Station Components

To ensure the performance of your EV charging station is reliable and efficient, it’s essential to use only the finest components.

At Barton International, we supply over 100,000 components to the EV sector annually to help EV charging designs meet regulations.

All our products are manufactured in-house or at Barton International factories with consistent monitoring and approval policies in place.

Capping Steel NO1 & Capping Steel NO10

Both these capping solutions can protect cables connecting your EV charger to the main power supply. An ideal solution if underground cable management is not part of your EV charging station design.

Made from galvanised steel and pre-drilled ready for fixing, both these capping products deliver optimal external protection from the weather, vandalism, and direct collision.

Cable Duct Sealing

Cable duct sealing offers a proven sealing solution for EV charging station sealing modules, entry seals and ducting. Our cable duct sealing is available in a variety of custom fabrication widths, lengths, and thicknesses.  

Plastic Grommets

Our plastic grommets are a critical sealing solution for your EV charging station to prevent water ingress, gas chemicals, and oil from damaging cables or internal electronics. They are available in multiple core materials and custom sizes.

Mobra Chamber Frame JUF/2 & Mobra Chamber Frame JUF/4-6

Chamber frames are perfect for your EV charging station cable chambers, enabling joints and termination boxes. Our chamber frames allow no corrosive substances to reach the underlying steel, while the stability of the steel frame ensures it maintains its structural integrity.

But that’s not all. We provide multiple other products for EV charging station infrastructure across various sealing, acoustics, overhead and underground cable management solutions.

Speak to a Specialist in EV Charging Station Components

At Barton International, we aim to simplify the supply chain with quality, reliable and competitive solutions. Our engineering team is always searching for new materials and processes to meet demands for lower costs and improved performance.

Get in touch today to learn how our EV charging station components can help you create a compliant and environmentally friendly charger design.

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