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The vast majority of people who have opted for electric driving opt for the solution of being able to charge their vehicle at home, mainly for greater convenience and comfort. Various solutions are available to them. Equip yourself with a safe and efficient wallbox charging station, use a simple domestic electrical outlet, or rather, in the sense of protecting your electrical installation in particular, a so-called “reinforced” outlet.
What is a reinforced electric car socket? What are the advantages?
The owner of an electric vehicle who wants, for greater convenience, to recharge his car at home, has the possibility to use a simple electrical outlet in his house of type E or F. Thanks to the charging cable supplied with his electric car, he can So, easily connect your electric car battery to an outlet in your home. However, this solution is not without the risk of overheating your electrical installation in particular and, above all, the charging time is long.
Equipping yourself with a charging station, a small box that is easily installed on a wall, for example, at home or in a private parking space for those who live in an apartment building, is the safest and fastest way to charge your electric vehicle. .
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However, the cost of purchasing and installing a charging station is a significant financial investment, especially for these more powerful charging systems.
There is therefore a compromise between the simple domestic socket and the charging station: the reinforced socket for electric cars.
This equipment is very similar to a normal household electrical outlet, but it was designed not only to be stronger than a standard outlet, but mainly to provide more power than this one. As a result, a reinforced socket makes it possible to recharge an electric vehicle more quickly, approximately twice as fast as with a simple socket. On the other hand, in the same way, it is easily positioned on a wall of the house.
When the power supplied by a domestic socket is 2.3 kW, that of a reinforced socket for an electric car varies between 3.2 and 3.7 kW. In terms of charging time, this more efficient and safer type of electrical outlet can recharge an electric vehicle’s battery to achieve a range of 20 to 40 km in approximately one hour. Therefore, it is necessary to count on a recharge period of one night to reach a range of 200 km.
You should also know that a reinforced outlet requires the intervention of a professional for its installation. The latter, an electrician, must have the qualification “Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (IRVE)”.
The different types of reinforced sockets for electric cars
There are different types of reinforced sockets for electric cars available on the market, which differ in particular in their size, in their installation possibilities, in the accessories that equip them or in their power.
For example, some reinforced sockets are sold with a specific cable that allows them to be connected to the vehicle while charging, and for others it is necessary to purchase this cable additionally. In the same way, some distributors sell their sockets reinforced with differential circuit breaker, with which it is advisable to equip your electricity meter, and others do not, incurring an additional cost.
On the other hand, you should not choose the same type of reinforced socket depending on whether you want to install it indoors or outdoors. In the latter case, your choice should be a more efficient model in terms of sealing.
Depending on the configuration and for aesthetic considerations where you want to install your rugged outlet, you can opt for an outlet that fits into your wall, which requires excavation in it, or a surface-mounted installation. .
Reinforced sockets for charging an electric car are also offered by different brands. The best known, and the one that undoubtedly wins today, is the Green’Up reinforced socket distributed by the inventor of this type of electrical socket in 2014, the company Legrand.
The Green’Up socket owes its performance above all to the conductivity of the materials it is made of and to its system for recognizing the charging cable used, which avoids the risk of overloading.
Innovative in this field, this brand now distributes very effective types of Green’Up, some of which are even “smart”, that is, they can be controlled remotely. or programmed through a smartphone most of the time to be able to take advantage, for example, of the off-peak hours that your subscription with an electricity supplier allows to recharge your electric car at a lower cost.
Many other brands also distribute reinforced sockets, for example, the company Carplug (sale of various brands), Hager (reinforced socket Witty), MENNEKES brand, etc.
How much does a reinforced socket cost for an electric car?
There are, therefore, many models of reinforced sockets for electric cars that differ in power, possibility of installation, accessories, brands, etc.
That’s why the prices of reinforced sockets are very varied, but always less expensive than those of charging stations, which are certainly more powerful and allow you to benefit from much shorter charging times.
You can therefore find reinforced sockets on the market from around 30 euros, for the most basic, to prices from 150 to 300 euros for this more sophisticated and safer type of equipment. and more powerful.