Top Comparative Factors Of Type 1 and Type 2 EV Chargers

With so many options on the market, it can be confusing which EV charging cable you need for your electric vehicle, so we've created this guide to take the confusion out of choosing the right EV cable.

Just as there are different types of fuel for fossil fuel vehicles, there are different types of chargers for electric cars. Most EV cars in Europe today are type 2, but some, especially those from Asian manufacturers, still type 1. Before you start looking for a charging cable, it's important to make sure you know what type of car you have. You can check this in the manufacturer's manual, by contacting the manufacturer itself, or by consulting this handy guide on the Pod point website.

Let's look at the comparison between Type 1 and Type 2 EV Chargers.

Type 1 EV Charger:  

Type 1 chargers have a 5-pin design. This type of EV charger is single-phase and provides fast charging with between 3.7 kW and 7.4 kW AC output providing a range of 12.5-25 miles per hour of charging. Type 1 charging cables also have a latch that keeps the plug secure while charging. However, while the latch prevents the cable from accidentally falling out, anyone can remove the charging cable from the car.

 Type 2 EV Charger:

This is the standard type of plug in Europe. Type 2 chargers have a 7-pin design and include single and three-phase mains voltage. Type 2 cables generally provide a range of 30 to 90 miles per charge. With this type of charger, it is possible to achieve a charging speed of up to 22 kW and a speed of up to 43 kW at public charging stations. It is more common to find a Type 2 compatible public charging station.

Type 2 charging cables have a locking pin that holds the plug in place while charging. Only the owner can safely remove the charging cable from the car, especially if it is used in public charging stations.

Top Comparative Factors That Can Affect the Charging Speed of an Electric Vehicle

1. Car battery size: 

The larger the battery capacity, the longer it will take to charge.

2. Current battery level:

Charge faster than charging a completely empty battery.

3. Maximum charging speed of the charging point:

The charging time is limited by the maximum charging speed of the charging point to which you plug the car. For example, even if your car can charge at 22 kW, it will only charge at 7 kW at a 7 kW charging point.

4. Maximum vehicle charging speed: 

he battery can only be charged at the maximum charging speed. For example, if your car's maximum charging speed is 7kW, it cannot be charged faster at a 22kW charging point.

5. Environment:

Lower temperatures will slightly increase the charging time. This is especially true in the case of fast chargers.

If you're thinking about buying an EV charging point for your home, you can find out more about the government's OLEV subsidy changes coming into force in April 2022.

We hope we have helped you understand the main differences between Type 1 and Type 2 EV charging cables. When you're ready to buy, we have a range of EV chargers available, including a selection of EV charging cables from popular manufacturers such as Pod Point, Wallbox, OHME, Rolec, Sync EV and Projekt EV.

If you have any questions or need help making sure you buy the right EV charger for your car, call one of our friendly teams on +61 1300098166 or email

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