Ev Charger Connector Types | Autel Ev Charging
These connector types are suitable for the socket on your car and can be considered the same as the phone side charging connector on the charging cable of your Apple or Android phone. Depending on your car, different connectors will be suitable for your car's sockets.
1. Alternating Current (AC)
Typically used for charging at home, at work and at destination, there are two types of AC vehicle-side connectors.
Type 1 is a single phase plug and is the standard for electric vehicles in the USA and Japan. It allows you to charge your car at up to 7.4 kW, depending on the charging power of your car and the grid capacity.
Type 2 is a three-phase plug because they have three extra wires that allow current to pass through. So they can charge your car much faster. At home, the maximum charging power is 22 kW, while public charging stations can charge up to 43 kW, again depending on the charging power of your car and the grid capacity.
2. Direct Current (DC)
Usually used for fast charging en route, there are three types of DC vehicle side connectors. All DC fast charging stations have cables to connect the CHAdeMO and CCS connectors, you just need to choose the right cable for your vehicle socket.
CHAdeMO: This fast charging system was developed in Japan and allows for very high charging capacities as well as bi-directional charging. Currently, Japanese car manufacturers are leading the way in offering electric vehicles compatible with the CHAdeMO plug. It allows for a charging power of up to 100 kW.
CCS: The CCS plug is an enhanced version of the Type 2 plug with two additional power contacts for fast charging. It supports both AC and DC charging. It allows charging at speeds of up to 350 kW.
In Europe, type 2 AC chargers (3-phase plugs) are standard and most charging stations have type 2 sockets. However, be aware that some charging stations have fixed cables. Additional cables can make a lot of sense in places where you always charge the same car, for example at home or at a fixed staff parking spot. It's convenient because you don't have to carry the cable around with you in your car. It is important to note that if you charge your car at a public charging station with a fixed cable, you must check that the attached cable is suitable for your car's socket. Autel EV charging cables offer you plenty of options!