We explain what an electric car's Type 2 charging cable is
A Type 2 charging cable is the European-standard plug-type used by every new electric car. It features a seven-pin connection at both ends, which allows you to easily plug in to every home wallbox, and most public car chargers. The type 2 ev charger cable allows for slower AC charging (up to 43kW), rather than DC rapid charging, which requires a CCS connection.
The Type 2 car charging cable allows you to top-up at the slower ‘destination’ chargers you typically find in shopping centres, gyms and town car parks. Tesla cars are the exception, as they use a Type 2 connection to rapid charge – albeit at Tesla Superchargers only – this is a network of chargers that are only available to Teslas.
At any standard, free-to-all Type 2 charger (which includes every charging point provider other than the Tesla Supercharger network), a Tesla would charge just as slowly as any other electric car. All pure-electric cars come with a Type 2 socket and cable as standard. All plug-in hybrids have a Type 2 socket, but some manufacturers charge extra for a cable.
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