What type of Plug does my Electric Vehicle use?

Discover the difference between EV charger plugs and help choose the right plug for your EV in Australia.  EVSE has put together this information to help Australians choose the right EVSE equipment for their home.


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Type 1 (J1772) Electric Car Plug


This is the standard plug type for electric vehicle charging stations across Australia primarily from the USA, Japanese brands, and some European cars. EV’s using this plug-in Australia include the Holden Volt, Nissan Leaf,  Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, BMW i3, BMW i8 and Porsche. A charger with a Type 1 plug can connect directly to most electric vehicles with many vehicle manufacturers adopting this connector. It can be used for single-phase charging up to 240V. The Type 1 connector sold in Australia should meet the relevant standard to protect EV drivers even in wet conditions. 


Type 2 Connectors (Mennekes) Tesla EV Plug


The Type 2 connector is used for charging electric cars produced across Europe and by Tesla Motors in Australia. The 7 pin connector is extensively used in Europe and is mandated by the EU, charging electric vehicles up to 70 kilowatts. The connection of the charging station is often as a 1/3 phase AC current or DC current which is used by Tesla Superchargers. Currently, the Australian Models of Tesla are utilizing this outlet and some European Manufacturers. They are fitted on all Tesla Charging stations and universal charging stations sold by EVE.

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SAE Combo Electric Car


The Society of Automotive Engineers & Phoenix Contact has developed a combo coupler version of the standard Type 2 and CHADEMO plugs which has a combination of AC & DC charging up to 90 kW.  Many new European EV cars are now fitted with the SAE combo socket to be able to charge from SAE Combo fast-charging station.


CHAdeMO EV Charging Plug


 The CHAdeMO Association of Japan developed a quick charger plug to help improve EV charging times. Specific attention in the design was made to reduce risks associated with DC current and shock protection.  Several Japanese & US automakers such as Toyota, Mitsubishi, GM/Holden & Nissan have incorporated CHAdeMO plugs. Level 3 Charging stations can deliver 62.5 kWh of direct current which is close to 3x faster than conventional AC charging. It is however roughly 14x more expensive to install. 


For more help choosing your next charger for your electric car in Australia visit the team at EVSE Australia