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What is DC charging?
Fast charging explained easily
DC means Direct Current. DC chargers do not have to convert the current from alternating current (AC) to direct current, so this means these chargers are able to charge a considerable high power within a short period of time. AC chargers, need to convert the alternating current to direct current with a special converter.
The big advantage of DC chargers is the charging time. With an AC charger you often have to charge for a minimum period of 2 hours. With the most DC-chargers your car will be charged up to 80% in less than half an hour. This is a great benefit for people who are driving a lot and need to charge during their trip. In Europe there are 2 types of plugs being used. The CCS or Combi Type 2 plug (on the right) can be used for both AC and DC. The CHADEMO (on the left) is only compatible for DC-charging.