The range of connectors and devices can make charging seem overwhelming but in reality, it is quite simple. To charge an electric car, you need to connect your vehicle to the chargepoint (also known as a socket) with a suitable cable.


3-Pin Plug

Vehicle manufacturers use a number of different cable connectors but most will also issue you with a traditional, 3-Pin plug that you can put in any normal home plug socket. This will likely deliver the slowest method of charging an EV but is accessible to most of us.

Type 2 Plug

The Type 2 plug is the European standard for chargepoints. This cable will have the appropriate connector for your vehicle at the other end. A Type 2 chargepoint enables faster charging than a 3 pin socket. Most EVs will accept a Type 2 charge cable and most home chargepoints will have this connection fitted to the box outside your house.

CCS Plug

The CCS plugs are built on the Type 2 chargers but includes two extra pins at the bottom, essentially making rapid charging possible. They are mostly fitted to European models. Remember though, rapid charging can only be used on vehicles with rapid-charging capability.

CHAdeMO Plug

CHAdeMO plugs are also suited to rapid charging and are most commonly found on Asian manufactured EVs.