Electric vehicle charging stations prompt search for new plastics


As new and upcoming international standards look at the charging electronics, connector types, and communications on the insides of electric vehicle charging stations, charger manufacturers are turning towards plastics as they take different approaches to developing covers for the outside.

Fraunhofer WPC charging station renderingOutdoors, charging stations must remain durable in northeastern Europe's icy winter weather as well as heat resistant in the southwest deserts of the United States. They also need to allow unhampered communications, as more are operating with wireless, Near Field Communication or Radio Frequency Identification communications from cell phones, key rings, or cards. Some charging stations now contain links to databases that will accept and keep track of payments.
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