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What should you know about EV charging cables IP ratings?

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It may take over 1,000 dollars to install an EV charging station at home. In addition, nobody wants to shell out more money on the servicing and maintenance of a home charging station. As a result, you need to choose waterproof and dust-proof cables to make sure that the lifespan is not reduced and you do not need to service them frequently. That’s why I would like to share with you the IP rating of EV charging cables.

Why should you know EV charging cables IP rating?

2021 has seen electric car sales hit a new record of 6.6 million. While facing the shortages of semiconductors and raw materials, the electric car sales worldwide are still gaining momentum as carmakers and suppliers have announced plans to invest more than $500 billion worldwide through 2026 to upgrade their factory networks and supply chains.

Electric vehicles may be charged anywhere by connecting a charging cable to an electric grid, unlike conventional cars that must be refueled at a gas station. This makes it possible to deploy charging stations anywhere, including offices, marketplaces, hotels, and even houses.

However, people may not essentially use these chargers in a dry and clean environment. The locations of the majority of charging stations are dusty. The IP classification guarantees that the wires can endure weather conditions such as rain, snow, and dust.

What is EV charging cables IP rating?

If an EV charging cable has an IP rating, it means it’s water- and dust-resistant. The higher the rating, the better the cable will endure dust and water.

The IP rating code consists of the letters IP followed by two digits and an optional letter. The following figure will provide you more details.