Charging electric cars – Auto Trader UK

Different companies have contributed to the electric charging ecosystem over time, which means there are different charging points and connecting sockets available – a bit like how there are different phone chargers, and they aren’t all cross-compatible.

Also, cars charge at different rates and many have maximum charging rates. This means that you can plug a car that charges at a maximum of 10kW into a 22kW charging point, but it’ll still only charge at the maximum 10kW.

Plug-in hybrids also need thinking of, as many of them can’t use rapid chargers. So, to cover all of that, there are different connectors. They include:

Type 1 – mostly found in early EVs, only suitable for slow and fast charging.

Type 2 – the current standard for slow and fast charging, EU legislation states all new plug-ins need a Type 2 connector as of 2014.

Commando – another older connector, similar to the ones found on caravans.

CCS (Combined Charging Standard) – used for rapid charging and popular with European manufacturers, this is often an add-on to the required Type 2 connector.

CHAdeMO (Charge de Move) – also suitable for rapid charging, but it requires an additional plug to Type 2.
3-pin – best avoided, it’s the standard UK mains plug but has fire risks when used to charge electric cars over long periods.


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