Understanding EV Charger Connectors


Understanding EV charger connectors is crucial for electric vehicle owners, charging station providers and installers, and policymakers. Different EVs require different connector types to charge at different power levels, and there are also regional variations in plug standards. The Combined Charging System (CCS) is the most popular DC fast charging standard in Europe, while Japan and its manufacturers use CHAdeMO. China, which has the world’s largest market for electric vehicles, uses GB/T plugs.

In addition to the two standard EV charging types, there are a variety of other options that can be used for fast or AC charging. For example, Mode 3 is the most common type of connection for AC charging stations and is found in workplaces, residential locations, public parking slots, and EV charging hubs. Mode 3 connectors are compatible with a broad range of cars and are capable of up to 3.3kW of charging speed.

Some EVs also come with a CEE plug, shown above, which can be connected to a Mode 3 cable with an adaptor and can be charged up to 22kW. Typically, these are older European models or some hybrid cars. Tesla has its own rapid DC charging station network called Superchargers, which use a unique Type 2 plug that is only compatible with their cars.

At Pod Point, we’re proud to offer the widest selection of home and public charging points, all with a CCS or CHAdeMO compatible inlet. To future-proof your home or business, we can also upgrade your current station to a new NACS connector. Get in touch to learn more! EV Charger Connectors

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