Public charging infrastructure is growing in Australia. This article talks about how FONZ tech plugs into the network and compatibility with different charging tech
The small challenge with charging stations is compatibility with connectors. There are a few common connectors used for electric vehicle charging type 1, Type 2 which are universal and Tesla which isn't
FONZ vehicles can be fitted with an onboard charger with a Type 2 (Mennekes / IEC 62196) connector. It is the standard in Australia (and Europe) and used by most EV manufacturers.
AC or DC Charging
When charging at public charging FONZ vehicles will be using AC single phase charging.
The Type 2 plug has a seven-pin design. An image of the cable with Type 2 connectors is below.
On some Type 2 connectors there is the addition of two extra pins that allow for three-phase charging. This is for DC (direct current) three-phase charging and is not compatible for FONZ.
Is onboard charging for me?
An onboard charger offers is 5X Faster than FON standard and we do not currently support faster charging.
Some instances where EV charging could be useful:
- Going to the beach - if you're heading for a surf and want to top up your Powerpack, by carrying the cable with you you could easily charge via car charging infrastructure charging for a few hours while you take a swim/surf
- Shopping - most shopping centres offer public charging infrastructure, if you head to the shops a few times each week you may find its enough that you'd never need to charge at home
- Adventuring - while it may not be practical all the time to stop for several hours to get a full charge, if you're going for a trip to local attractions or an overnight escape charging at your accommodation could be a good
- At home - you might like to use your existing electric car charging setup
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FONZ can customise the charger cable connectors to suit your personal requirements. Ask your FONZ Product Advisor to find a custom fit for your requirements