Types of plugs

What Car? - - Electric Car Special -

There are sev­eral types of elec­tric car charg­ing plugs, be­cause an in­dus­try stan­dard hasn’t been agreed upon. Some cars also fea­ture more than one port: one for slow and fast charg­ing and an­other for rapid charg­ing.

Type 1

This ve-pin plug is un­usual, although it can be speci ed in some cars, such as the Mit­subishi Out­lander PHEV. You can get a cable that al­lows you to plug into a Type 2 charger with a Type 1 cable.

Type 2

This seven-pin plug, also known as the Men­nekes after the com­pany that in­vented it, is the most com­mon in elec­tri ed cars. teslas use this plug, en­abling them to charge at reg­u­lar charg­ing points as well as be­spoke Su­per­charg­ers.


Stand­ing for Com­bined Charg­ing Sys­tem, CCS is a ve-pin plug de­vel­oped by the ma­jor Ger­man car man­u­fac­tur­ers, so it can be found in cars such as the BMW i3 and Volk­swa­gen e-golf. CCS is less com­mon than Type 2 in the UK but is by no means rare.


Short for ‘Charge de Move’, the Chademo is a 10pin plug de­vel­oped by a con­sor­tium of Ja­panese car man­u­fac­tur­ers and is one of the two used by the Nis­san Leaf. It is the most com­mon rapid charg­ing plug in the UK.

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