EV Chargers, what exactly is a Type 2 Charging Cable and how do I use it?

A Type 2 Charging Cable is an essential need when owning any EV in Australia. This is not a brand exclusive cable. All new EVs sold in Australia need Type 2 Charging Cables (Mennekes) including Tesla, Porsche, MG, Nissan, KIA and Hyundai just to name a few brands.

Type 2 Charging Cables are the EU and now Australian standard used for charging electric cars. Type 2 cables or sockets known as Mennekes IEC 62196 is what all new EVs and EV Charging Stations are fitted with for universal capability. Drivers use this socket type to charge their EV on a Level 1 Charging Stations and up. Charging speeds can vary from 2.4 Kwh to 22 Kwh (depending how big your EVs onboard charger is). 

So I just got my first EV, what do I need buy? 

Most EVs in Australia come standard with a Type 2 Portable Charger, (however 2 are necessary with one left in the trunk and another at home). It's not an immediate need, but I advise getting a second Type 2 Portable Charger now (save $100 Now with a Type 2 Charge Cable + Type 2 Portable bundle deal).

Type 2 Charge Cable + Type 2 Portable bundle deal


How this is essential. One won't be able to charge on most public EV Charging Stations without a Type 2 Charging Cable. A Type 2 Charging Cable or the Type 2 Stretcher. A Type 2 Charging Cable is the most important tool for owning an EV and you'll need it to charge at most charging locations around Australia. 

Type 2 Charging Cable Australia
Type 2 Charging Cable

Lastly, there is another cable Type known as Type 1 or J1772. This is the older EV charging standard. Some modern cars (mostly grey imports) will be Type 1. However rest assured new EVs sold in Australia are Type 2.

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