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Everything You Need to Know About EV Charging Station Components

Introduction

Discover how selecting the right EV charging station components can impact your overall EV infrastructure with industry insights and a proven product list.

To support the sustainable incentives of electric vehicles (EVs), we need the necessary infrastructure to source and distribute energy effectively and efficiently.

But while we might have the innovation, do we have the practicality? After all, the quality of an EV charging station is synonymous with its components.

So, the question is, what are the right EV charger components for your system, and are they easily obtainable?

In this piece, we delve into the essential components of an EV charging station and how the right components support the most cost-effective and energy-efficient systems.

Discover how selecting the right EV charging station components can impact your overall EV infrastructure with industry insights and a proven product list. 

What is EV Charging Infrastructure?

EV charging infrastructure refers to the network of charging stations and equipment required to keep electric vehicles functioning on the road. Without this infrastructure, the widespread adoption of EVs wouldn’t be possible to support sustainable incentives and reach net-zero targets by 2050.

Beyond the charging stations and vehicles, the EV infrastructure consists of various other elements, such as power supply, network connectivity, payment systems, smart grid integration and regulatory compliance. 

In the UK, we saw 55,301 EV charging points in 31,445 locations at the end of January 2024, a staggering 46% increase over 12 months.   

Different EV Charging Station Components

Central to EV charging infrastructure is the charging station. Charging stations receive, store and deposit energy to recharge EVs.

Every EV charging station has several essential components to support efficient charging. Some integral components of EV charging stations include:

Charging Unit
The main element is the charging unit, with multiple ports accommodating different EV models.

Charging units come in different levels:

  • Level 1 – Suitable for charging EVs with a standard AC power plug. Level 1 only provides a 4-5 mile range per hour as the lowest EV charging level.
  • Level 2 – Delivering between 3.4–22 kW, Level 2 provides an adequate EV charging infrastructure for residential, public, business and commercial settings.
  • Level 3 – Known as DC (direct current) fast charging, Level 3 units charge EVs with greater power and speed, ideal for short-stop locations like motorway services.

Power Supply
EV charge stations rely on a reliable power supply from various components to connect the charging unit to the electrical grid.

Some of these EV charging station components for power supply include:

  • Distribution panels.
  • Wiring and cables.

Control Systems
Another crucial component of an EV charge point is a control system that enables user interaction and network management. Most EV charging stations will include user-friendly touchscreen monitors alongside integrated mobile app platforms.

From viewing information and prices to simply knowing when your EV has finished charging, a control system is an essential communication component for your EV charging station.

Network Connection
Using the control system requires connecting your EV charging station to a network or cloud-based platform. This network connection can also support sophisticated features such as mobile app integration, remote management and data analytics.

The network can also monitor the station usage and track energy consumption with real-time data insights.  

Safety Features
Safety remains integral when dealing with electricity distribution, whether protecting users, vehicles or the EV charging components. Establishing ground fault protection measures detects and prevents electrical faults, while surge suppression devices protect against voltage spikes and power surges.

Your EV charging station should also consider the environmental factors with weatherproofing where necessary.

Regulatory Compliance
EV charge stations must comply with regulatory requirements and industry standards to ensure safety and compatibility with multiple EV models. These standards cover areas such as electrical safety, electromagnetic compatibility, communication protocols, and interoperability between charging equipment.

To understand EV charging infrastructure regulations and compliance in more detail, take a look at one of our previous blogs – ‘What Makes the Perfect EV Charging Infrastructure?’.

5 Essential EV Charger Components

At Barton International, we’re committed to electric vehicle charging infrastructure by supporting the development and design of various EV charging points.

We break down our EV charging products into three broad categories:

Here are five EV charger components we currently provide our clients in the UK.

Gaskets and seals provide essential protection for your EV charging station as electrical enclosures and seal against moisture, dust and other particles, protecting the equipment and preventing the system from failing.

On the other hand, our sealing strips can help support and protect the underground cabling for your EV charge point.  

The ideal gaskets and seals for your EV charging station include:

As IP67-rated, we ensure all our gaskets and seals are waterproof.

From supporting underground cables to corner mounting brackets and fixing brackets, various galvanised steel brackets help advance your overall cable management system required for your EV charge point. 

At Barton International, we stock the following galvanised steel brackets for EV charging stations:

We use galvanised steel coating on all our steel bracket products for corrosion resistance and additional protection.

High-quality screws and fasteners help ensure your EV charger components remain in place and require less maintenance over time.

We supply the following heavy-duty screws and fasteners to support EV charging stations:

We provide galvanised ground mounting base products for underground cable management and other EV charge components.

These products include:

Steel, free-standing EV charger stands are easy to access and don’t need much installation expertise or maintenance. Our charging point floor stand/pedestals come with pre-drilled mounting holes.

Custom models are available on request.

Find the Right EV Charger Components for Your Station

Barton International is proud to be supporting the sustainability sector by committing to the cause and supplying over 100,000 EV charger components annually.

All our quality-assured products are ISO 9001:2015 accredited and manufactured in-house or at Barton International-owned tooling factories worldwide.

For more information on how our first-class EV charging station components can support your requirements, get in touch today and receive a free assessment.

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