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Which charging cable or plug is suitable for my vehicle model?
At the present time, vehicles with a vehicle-side (female) Type 1 or Type 2 connection are being launched on the market.
Type 1 connector / coupling:
Type 1 plug
Type 2 plug
CSS plug - CombinedChargingSystem
The CCS connector adds a quick charge function to the Type 2 connector with two additional power contacts and supports AC (AC) and DC charging (DC charging) up to 170 kW. In practice, the value is usually 50 kW, with this type of charge so far only in public places or charging stations is possible.
CHAdeMO connector (CHArge de MOve, derived from "Charge for moving"):
This fast charging system was developed in Japan and allows charging up to 100 kW. However, most public charging stations only have a power of 50 kW, which is usually sufficient. The following manufacturers offer electric cars that are compatible with the CHAdeMO plug: BD Otomotive, Citroën, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Subaru, Tesla (with adapter) and Toyota.
Charging cables for CHAdeMO in the private sector are not yet on the market.
All charging cables in our shop are on the infrastructure side (meaning the charging point Wallbox, or the charging station) equipped with a type 2 charging plug. Decisive for you, however, is the vehicle-mounted connection type on your vehicle in order to select the right charging cable for you. So a type 1 or type 2 charging device on the vehicle.
For the safe and needs-based charging of electric vehicles, various charging modes have been defined, which are described in IEC 61851-1. These charging modes differ on the one hand with respect to the power source used (household socket, camping or industrial socket, AC or DC charging socket), on the other hand in terms of the maximum charging power and beyond in the communication options.
Mode 1 (AC) charging from a standard household socket to max. 16A three-phase without communication with the vehicle - the charger is installed in the vehicle. (Rarely found)
Mode 2 (AC) charging from a standard household socket (Schuko) up to a maximum of 10A. The communication between the electric car and the charging port is handled by a box that is integrated between the vehicle plug and connector (ICCB = in cable control box). Another variant is Mode2 with the possibility of connecting to a CEE socket, mainly with blue or "Camping" - plug, with a charging power of up to 3.7 kW (230V, 16A) 1-phase. With both variants, users of an electric car can "emergency" at least in the short term, because for continuous use of this cable is not recommended for security reasons.
Mode 3 (AC) This is the connection cable between the electric car and the charging station. Since the type 2 plug (also called Mennekes plug) has become standard in Europe, most charging stations are equipped with a type 2 charging socket. Depending on the vehicle, you will need a Type2 to Type2 charging cable, or Type2 to Type1 charging cable