Standard AC Charging
Alternate names: J1772, SAE J1772
In Australia, this is the plug standard used by Mitsubishi and some pre 2018 EVs. It is the plug standard in North America and Japan.
The Type 1 plug has a five pin design. Two pins are used as a mode of communication between the EV and charging stations, determining the maximum current available to the vehicle and preventing the car from moving while connected. The three remaining pins are used as AC lines for charging and a
line to the ground.
Alternate names: IEC 62196, Mennekes
In Australia, this plug standard is currently used by all other EV manufacturers. It is now the standard here in Australia.
The Type 2 plug has a seven pin design. The addition of two extra pins for AC charging gives it capability of 3-Phase charging allowing it to charge vehicles much faster if 3-Phase power is avaliable. It is the plug standard for all of Europe.
Rapid DC Charging
The name is an abbreviation for “CHArge de MOve”, equivalent to “move using charge”. The plug standard can be seen to the right. It is used internationally by the Japanese brands Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota.
CCS is short for combined charging system and is based around the type 1 and type 2 standards. There are two variants depending on these type 1 and 2 plugs (see examples). These standards are used by Volkswagen, BMW, Ford and Hyundai internationally.
The Tesla Superchargers in fact do not require a different plug standard. Instead they use 2 of the pins on the standard Tesla type 2 plug for DC current. However the Superchargers only work with Tesla cars and do not charge any car with a type 2 plug.
Check out the Wallpod!
The Wallpod can be purchased with any plug standard, and now that you've done your research, you'll know what plug type to order for your car. These charging stations are the perfect solution for charging at home.
Learn more about the wallpod's capabilities in our hardware section.