Easy to understand cable options.
Charging solutions for electric vehicles do not have to be complicated. So let us just keep it simple shall we.
Type-2 to Type-2
Also known as a Mode-3 Charge Lead.
Every electric vehicle car owner should carry one of these leads in their car. The Type-2 power lead will be the lead that is required to hook-up to all un-tethered charge points.
• J1772 (Type 1) and IEC 62196 (Type 2) options
• 16amp (3.6kW) and 32amp (7.2kW) options
• 32amp, 3 phase (22kW) Type 2 to Type 2 SuperFast cables available
• 5 metre cables as standard
• 10 metre cable options
• Optional plug cable carry bags (branded options available)
• Compliant with all current EVs and PHEVs
• IP54 Rated
• 10,000 Mating Cycles
• Cable Strain Relief feature
• Impact Resistant 'Run Over' proof
• CE certified
Domestic Plug to Type-2
Also known as a Mode-2 Charge Lead.
This is the lead that is generally supplied with your new EV or PHEV by most manufacturers. It will charge your EV, but not very efficiently.
• Schuko European 2-pin or U.K. 3-pin power plug
• Type 2 charging plug (IEC 62196-2 EU European standard)
• Current: 10A/16A
• Voltage range: 220V ± 10%
• Maximum power: 2.2kW/3.6kW
• Auto charge recovery: Yes
• Over current protection: Yes
• 16amp cable 3G2.5 + 2 x 0.75mm
• 10,000 mating cycles
• Cable strain relief feature insulated terminal design
• Built-in LED charging status indicator
• IP66 weather proof
• Operating temperature: -30° to +50°
• CE certified / TUV certified
SuperFast Charging Lead
Also known as a Combination Plug, or Combined Charging System (CCS).
This is a lead that you need to know about, but actually do not need to consider too much. The CCS connector is an enhanced version of the Type-2 connector, designed to deliver fast charging at the ever-increasing number of charging points at motorway service stations for example. Again, it is the standard connector used for this service and is compatible with all European and U.K electric vehicles.
The layout is identical to the Type-2 connector, but with the addition of two additional power contacts to support both AC and DC currents (which is what delivers the fast charge). If you look at the Type-2 socket in your electric car, you will see that this connector will be able to easily slot in place.
We say that you do not really need to concern yourself too much with this connector or lead as it really is not something you have any control over. Take it as a given that your electric vehicle can accept this connector and that all the Fast Chargers at service stations will have the lead already connected to them - pretty much the same concept as a petrol station - the lead is supplied at the source.
Questions about charge leads..?
Compatible with all electric car models.