Type 1

 

  • Mostly found in North America
  • Used for home charging on AC electricity supplies

Type 2

 

  • Mostly found in Europe
  • Used for home charging on AC electricity supplies

Tesla Type 2

 

  • Specific to Tesla Model S and Model X
  • Permits rapid DC charging

CCS (Combined Charging System)

 

  • Combined with either a Type 2 or Type 1 socket
  • Permits rapid DC charging

 

This connector type can seem confusing at first. 

 

Manufacturers that permit CCS for their new models: BMW, Daimler, FCA, Ford, Jaguar, General Motors, Groupe PSA, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, MG, Polestar, Renault, Tesla, Tata Motors and Volkswagen Group.

Tip

For a rapid charge, use a tethered Combo 2 plug.

CHAdeMO

 

  • Just like CCS, it is combined with either a Type 2 or Type 1 socket
  • Bi-directional charger (Don't worry, we'll explain this in a second) 
  • Permits rapid DC charging

 

The popular Nissan Leaf sports a ChAdeMO socket, but older models of electric vehicles such as the Hyundai Ioniq and the Kia Soul EV also have them too. 

 

We mentioned that CHAdeMO can be used as a "bi-directional" charger. This means that energy can flow from the car to the charger, but also vice versa. 

UK Mains Plug

You should already know what we're talking about. The three-pin plug that powers everything in your home. The max output of this is only 3kW. 

Manufacturers will only recommend three-pin charging as a last resort due to concerns around fire safety. Trust us, it's not worth it. Get a wallbox instead!