Today’s automotive market for electric cars offers a wide range of vehicle types. Although an EU-wide agreement regarding a universal plug system exists, there are still some points to note if you are thinking of purchasing an electric car. For example, you will need the right charging cable if you want to charge your e-vehicle at home or at public charging points.
What types of charging cables for electric cars are there?
There are two types of charging cables for electric cars: The mode 2 charging cable and the mode 3 charging cable.
The mode 2 charging cable is usually delivered with the vehicle ex works and fits into any standard domestic socket. Communication between the charging connection and the electric car takes place via a box, which acts as intermediary between the vehicle and the connection plug (ICCB, in-cable control box).
The mode 3 charging cable is the connection cable between the electric car and the charging station. It is not an extension cable, but it is available in various lengths. Although the type 2 plug has become the norm across Europe, it is advisable to find out about local compatibilities.
A detailed list of relevant charging cable types and plug types for electric cars can be found in our guide.
Which is the correct plug type for your electric car?
Just like for charging stations, not every charging cable can be used for all electric vehicles. Make sure that you know what type of charging cable you will need before purchasing your electric vehicle. A quick glance at the plug type will tell you what connection you will need to charge your electric car. There is a charging plug type 1 and type 2. Information about the required current is just as important. The charging power of the charging station and the charging capability of the electric car should match before you start. Finding the correct charging cable will then be easy. The length of the charging cable is another important factor. Our shop offers the right charging cable and other accessories for your electric vehicle.
The right combination of accessories will maximise the range of your electric car. If you are still unsure about which charging cable you need, we have provided a list of matching electric car brands on the product pages of the charging cables.