Surge Protection for Level 3 EV Charging Stations

DC Fast Charging (DCFC)


Today’s increased reliance on very sensitive electronics makes surge protection an important topic for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Systems. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety study found that $26 billion dollars was lost due to non-lightning power surges. In addition, there are about 25 million lightning strikes in the US each year that cause between $650M to $1B in losses according to the Insurance Information Institute, State Farm©.

This article discusses the various types of EV Charging Systems and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) to help you develop a comprehensive surge mitigation strategy. Each section will provide a recommendation on exactly which EV surge protector to use for your equipment and where to install these Surge Protective Devices for EV Chargers.

EV Charging Levels

Go to Level 1 | Go to Level 2 | Go to Level 3

Level 3 EV Charging Station

Power Source : DC Fast Charging (DCFC)

The fastest charging method (30 minutes for 124 miles) but also the most costly. These are connected to the power utility grid with an AC to DC power conversion module. The output DC voltage range is from 120Vdc to 920Vdc with higher voltages expected in the future. In addition to the AC source, these systems can be fed or supplemented with by a photovoltaic power plant or energy storage system.

EV SPD Protection Point - DC Power Cabinet and Charging Dispenser

Links to Level 3 EV SPD

LocationEquipmentProtection PointSurge Protector Model #Link
Power-Cabinet-DCFC Power Cabinet277Vac Power Input DS73US-277Y/NN DS73US-277YNN

Up to 1500VDC Power Output DS50PVS-1500/51 DS50PVS150051

120-240Vac Power Input DS72US-240T/NN DS72US-240TNN

Ethernet Cat 6A MJ8-C6A MJ8-C6A
Charging-Dispenser-2-pole Charging DispenserUp to 1500VDC Power Input DS50PVS-1500/51 DS50PVS150051

Ethernet Cat 6A MJ8-POE-C6A MJ8-C6A

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Standard and Electric Code References for Surge Protective Devices

1ANSI C62.41, Low-Voltage AC Power Circuits
2UL1449 4th Edition, Surge Protective Devices
3UL1449 5th Edition, Surge Protective Devices
4UL497B, Surge Protectors for Data Lines and Fire-Alarm Circuits
5UL497E, Antenna Lead-in Conductors
6IEC 61643-11, Low-Voltage Surge Protective Devices - Part 11: Surge Protective Devices Connected To Low-Voltage Power Systems - Requirements And Test Methods
7IEC 61643-21, Low Voltage Surge Protective Devices - Part 21: Surge Protective Devices Connected To Telecommunications And Signalling Networks - Performance Requirements And Testing Methods
8IEC 61000-45, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-5: Testing And Measurement Techniques - Surge Immunity Test
9CSA 22.2
10NOM-001-SCFI, Standard for Electronic Equipment
11NOM-003-SCFI, Electrical Products - Safety Requirements