Are you suffering from cable confusion, do you know your type 1 from your type 2?
Here are main types of electric car charging cables:
For home and public fast charging
Use at home with a 3-pin plug or wall box for faster charging.
Take your cable with you to make use of public charge points found in car parks or at your workplace. Top up while you work or go shopping.
Public charger points are either wall mounted or a post like the one below.
TYPE 2 (A.K.A Mennekes)
Found on a variety of electric cars for both slower and rapid charging (Renault ZOE) depending on the model.
Designed to be used to recharge your car and unplugged when your car reaches 80% of charge.
It is good etiquette to stay with your car and move it when you are finished. Move to another space or continue on your journey.
Rapid Chargers have the cable attached to the device and are found at Motorway Services and shopping centres.
There are currently two competing standards. It is expected one will become preferred.
Most rapid chargers support both standards.
A large and heavy cable delivering up to 50kw of energy enabling a 80% charge in 30minutes.
If a car has a Chademo socket it will also have a type 1.
CCS (Combined charging system)
If a car has CCS it will also take a type 2 cable.
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All details relate to European car models. Models in the U.S. may differ.