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Why do are there 2 types of charging connectors? (Type 1 and Type 2)

Charging an electric vehicle sounds as simple as you just have to plug in the vehicle and you’re done, but it’s easier said than done. Filling up fuel in a regular car is way easier than the complicated charging of an EV, thanks to the different types of charging connectors and variable rates which you have to consider before plugging-in your EV. But the question arises, why there are two or more types of connectors? Why they don’t have standardised charging connectors?

Well, the case is quite similar to smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops, where every brand has its own charging connector, likewise, every EV brand has its own charging connector. Typically only two charging connectors are used in the UK market that is Type 1 and Type 2. We provide high-quality Type 1 and Type 2 charging cables that will charge at both 16A and 32A; they have undergone plenty of quality-testing and are IP66 rated.

Type 1 connectors will be required to charge EVs by Kia, Peugeot, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Vauxhall, Nissan, Renault, Ford, Citroen and Chevrolet, whereas if you have EV or PHEV manufactured by Audi, BMW, Volvo, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Smart, Mini, Mercedes, Kia, and Toyota then you may require Type 2 connector to recharge your vehicle. Although the cables we offer will charge at both 16A and 32A, the charging rate depends solely upon the make and model of the car, battery’s capacity, and capacity of the onboard charger. Therefore even though our cables provide up to 32A supply, if the onboard charger’s capacity of your EV is 3.6kW, it won’t be able to take advantage of the strong charging cable and will accept current only up to 16A.

Type 2 connector is approved as European standard whereas Type 1 is also accepted by EU, but because Type 2 is EU standard, therefore almost all public charging points are Type 2 and finding a Type 1 charging station is quite difficult. Therefore, before you head towards a charging station, make sure your vehicle is compatible with the connector, but if your vehicle support Type 1 connector and there’s no Type 1 charging station nearby, then it’s better to have a converter in reserve. Type 1 to Type 2 cable converters are readily available which can be used at both 16A and 32A; such converters will make you top-up your battery easily on the road.

Go through your EV’s handbook for specified information about its charging, or following our complete ev charging guide. If you are planning a long journey, it’s advised to mark the charging spots on the way and go through the websites of the charging network providers to know about their compatibility with your vehicle, because you can’t afford to run into a charging station incompatible with your car’s charging input, while your battery is dying.

So, if by now you have figured out the right charging cable for your EV, order it right away and it will be delivered at your doorstep free of cost. Our reliable and durable charging cables are 3-phase cables that come with 3-years warranty and a handy carry case for easy conveyance.