EV Charging Infrastructure | Low Voltage Copper Wire and Cable

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EV CHARGING STATION CABLE

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Where Is Low Voltage Cable Used in EV Infrastructure?

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HOW TO USE LOW VOLTAGE CABLE

Low voltage wire and cable is used to distribute secondary power to individual charging units at an EV charging station.
 

It is typically buried underground in conduit or concrete or directly buried to keep people safe and equipment protected.
 

When selecting cable, look for XLPE thermoset insulated cables manufactured and sourced in the United States.
 

 

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CABLE IN EV CHARGING STATIONS

Commercial electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are powered by either renewable energy, fossil fuels, or utilities. Medium voltage cables are used to connect these power sources to substations and transformers. Transformers then step this down into low voltage. Low voltage cables are used to connect the transformer to switchgear to the individual charging stations—distributing the power essential to charge an EV.

While there are standards for EV infrastructure electrical design, there isn’t a universal specification outlining which cable is required. This could vary significantly from project-to-project. For example, you could use single conductors, shielded or non-shielded tray cable, or even armored cable.
 

WHAT TO FOR LOOK WHEN SELECTING CABLE

There are a number of factors to consider before selecting low voltage cable for EV charging stations. First, you need to ensure the conductors are insulated with XLPE (crosslinked polyethylene). Thermoset insulations, like XLPE, are more resistant and have far superior electrical performance characteristics than thermoplastic products (THHN/THWN-2). XLPE insulation has a greater ability to resist leakage current and can handle more spikes and in-rushes over longer periods of time.

XLPE thermoset insulated conductors can be installed underground in conduit or concrete or directly buried. This is critical to keep people safe on the EV charging station site while also protecting the cable from physical and environmental damage.

Properly sourcing wire and cable is also an important consideration. EV wire and cable used in U.S. federally funded projects must be Buy American compliant. The Federal Highway Administration announced that by July 1, 2024, they will not fund projects unless 55% of the total cost of components are made or sourced in the United States.
 

TURN TO AN EXPERIENCED WIRE & CABLE PARTNER

By partnering with Service Wire on your next project, you can rest assured that our wire and cable is compliant for EV infrastructure use. Plus, all materials are 100% sourced and manufactured in the U.S. Contact your rep for more information.
 

EV CABLE SOLUTIONS

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Service Wire’s products can be used in an array of applications at an EV charging station. Our most widely used products are bare copper, ServicePro-X® single conductors, ServicePlex®, tray cable, and jacketed Type MC.

All of our products are insulated with XLPE crosslinked polyethylene and are Buy American compliant. With our three nationwide locations, we can supply low voltage power cable coast-to-coast—with many items available from stock with one to two-day shipping.

If you’re looking for a wire and cable partner for EV projects, turn to Service Wire. Contact your rep to learn more about our EV charging station cable products today.

 

 

Bare (Solid and Stranded) and Tinned (Solid and Stranded) Copper Wire

BARE COPPER 

Solid or Stranded

AVAILABLE:
#16 AWG - 750 Kcmil
Soft, Medium Hard, or Hard Drawn
Tinned or Non-Tinned

Building Wire and Cable for Heavy Commercial Applications

ServicePRO-X®

No Pulling Lubricant Required
(#6 AWG and Larger)

  • XHHW-2 600V/1kV Copper
  • USE-2 or RHW-2 600V/1kV Copper
  • RHW-2 or RW90 1kV/2kV Copper

AVAILABLE:
#14 AWG - 750 Kcmil
Tinned Conductors
VW-1 Rated
Wide Range of Colors
Silicone-Free

ServicePLEX prefab, twisted single conductor building wire

ServicePLEX®

Prefab Twisted Single Conductors

  • XHHW-2 600V/1kV Copper
  • USE-2 or RHW-2 600V/1kV Copper

AVAILABLE:
#14 AWG - 750 Kcmil
2-7 Conductors
Built-In Grounds
Pre-Installed Pulling Heads
Wide Range of Colors
Silicone-Free

Shielded and Non-Shielded Dual Rated 600V/1kV AAP Tray Cable

TRAY CABLE 

TC-ER Rated

  • XHHW-2 Inner Conductors
    Colored, Numbered, or Striped Conductor

AVAILABLE:
Dual Rated 600V/1kV or 2kV
#14 AWG - 750 Kcmil
2-37 Conductors
Tinned or Non-Tinned
Shielded or Non-Shielded
PVC, ServiceCPE®, or EnviroPLUS® Jacket

Jacketed Armored Cable

JACKETED MC 

Flexible Interlocked Type MC (UL 1569)

  • XHHW-2 Inner Conductors
    Colored, Numbered, or Striped Conductors

AVAILABLE:
AIA and GSIA
#14 AWG - 750 Kcmil
2-37 Conductors
120V and 480V Color Codes
50% Ground
PVC, ServiceCPE®, or EnviroPLUS® Jacket

Red, White, and Black Single Conductors

ServiceSOLAR®

Photovoltaic Wire (UL 4703)

  • XLP/USE-2 or RHW-2 600V/1kV or 2kV Copper
  • RPVU90 1kV/2kV Copper

AVAILABLE:
#16 AWG - 750 Kcmil
VW-1 Rated
Industry Standard Colors

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