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AC (Alternating Current)

AC, or Alternating Current, refers to the type of electric current used in standard household outlets and certain charging stations. Unlike DC (Direct Current), where the electric charge flows in one direction, AC oscillates back and forth. Most electric vehicles come equipped with onboard chargers that convert this AC from the grid into DC to charge the vehicle’s battery. AC charging stations, often termed “Level 1” and “Level 2” chargers, are commonly found in residential settings, workplaces, and public locations. They typically offer slower charging speeds compared to DC fast chargers but are more widespread and cost-effective. AC charging is an essential component of the EV infrastructure, providing convenience and accessibility to EV drivers for daily charging needs.

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