How to select the correct charging cable for your electric car

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Type 1 - Type 2 EV cable
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Knowing what type of cable you need.

Electric cars come with two main types of charging options that have seemingly confusing names and descriptions and use names such as Rapid or Fast. But these terms are not that easy to understand. Is Fast better than Rapid?

The Two Types of connectors:

Most EV have two connectors: One is for a High Voltage DC supply that you find at Motorway service stations. These always have the charging cable joined to the Pump. These will charge the electric car at 400 Volts and 200 Amps.  On the Nissan Leaf this is shown below as the large socket cover.
Nissan Leaf Changing connectors: DC on the Left and Type 1 on the right. (seen from in front of the car)
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Nissan Leaf Changing connectors: DC on the Left and Type 1 on the right. (seen from in front of the car)
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Nissan Leaf Changing connectors: DC on the Left and Type 1 on the right. (seen from in front of the car)

Type 1 Connector

The Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Nissan NV200 SE Van, Toyota Prius PHEV use a Type 1 car connector. This is the smaller socket in the photo.  Type 1 is the standard used by Electric Car from Japanese brands - Nissan, Mitsubshi and Toyota as well as GM / Vauxhall / Opel and Ford.

Type 2 Connector

The Type 2 is used by mainly European producers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, VW and Volvo. Currently most of these care are Plug In Hybrids with small battery packs compared to the  pure 100% Electric Cars.

Renault

Renault are a European company part owned by Nissan and now produce a number of EV including the best selling Zoe that uses a Type 2 connector.
Standard Type 2 Charging Post
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Most UK and European public charging facilities offer a Type 2 connector.

Which cable?

If your car has a Type 1 connector (Leaf, Outlander, Prisus) you need a Type 1 - Type 2 cable.
Or if you have a Type 2 car (VW, Audi, Volvo, MB, BMW or Tesla) you need a Type 2 - Type 2 cable.
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