Proteus Switchgear offer a wide range of standard and bespoke products to provide power and protection for a variety of EV chargers. Not only do they distribute power, offer short circuit, overcurrent and earth leakage protection, but they are also off-the-shelf items which makes them a quick and affordable option. They are a complete solution which comes fully assembled and with all the required devices already fitted. We offer a 1 way unit, all the way up to a 12 way unit and many different configurations in-between. Outgoing ways are described as the kW rating of the required chargers so you can easily choose the switchgear to match your EV charging requirements.
What is EV?
An electric vehicle (EV) runs completely on electricity. EV’s have an electric motor so there is no engine, which means it does not require petrol or diesel. With them running on electric you can charge at home or at an electric car charging point.
As they become more affordable and have improved battery life, electric vehicles are increasing in popularity due to their lower carbon emissions.
As the demand for electric vehicles increases, the infrastructure needs to match it to keep the vehicles fully charged and on the road.
IN TOTAL, 37,850 ELECTRIC CARS WERE REGISTERED IN THE UK IN 2019 WHICH IS A RAISE OF 144% COMPARED TO THE YEAR PREVIOUS
Types of chargers
There are three main types of EV charging – Slow, fast and rapid. These represent the power outputs, and therefore charging speeds, available to charge an EV. Note that power is measured in kilowatts (kW).
Slow units (up to 3 kW) are best used for overnight charging and usually take between 6 and 12 hours for a pure-EV, or 2-4 hours for a PHEV. EVs charge on slow devices using a cable which connects the vehicle to a 3-pin or Type 2 socket.
Fast chargers include those which provide power from 7 kW to 22 kW, which typically fully charge an EV in 3-4 hours. Common fast connectors are a tethered Type 1 or a Type 2 socket (via a connector cable supplied with the vehicle).
Rapid chargers are one of two types – AC or DC [Alternating or Direct Current]. Current Rapid AC chargers are rated up to 43 kW, while most Rapid DC units are at least 50 kW. Both will charge the majority of EVs to 80% in around 30-60 minutes (depending a battery capacity).
Standard & bespoke distribution units for EV Chargers.
Compatible with different chargers.
Distribution Units for Electric Car Chargers
Proteus offer a large range of custom designed single & three phase distribution units for EV chargers. Ensure your customer’s exact requirements are met with a completely bespoke solution.
Domestic, Commercial, Industrial or Public
Proteus can offer EV charging switchgear solutions for a variety of installations from charging at home, the workplace, public access and commercial applications.
UK MANUFACTURER SINCE 1988...
It is up to the Electrician to choose what equipment they need and how the installation is designed. Electricians should use a combination of the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations and the IET Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation (3rd Edition) when installing EV Charging equipment and switchgear. Electricians must also review the spec and any installation instructions and/or requirements provided by the EV charging equipment manufacturer for the specific piece of equipment being installed as stated in the IET Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation (3rd Edition), clause 3.6.
Proteus Assist The Fast Charger Roll-Out
We were able to visit the factory and discuss what we wanted and Proteus provided. As it is made here in the UK and working closely like this has been a great benefit.
Proteus EV Consumer Unit
Proteus offer a large range of standard and custom built consumer units complete with single phase loss of neutral facility for EV charging installations.