Babble Buster: what’s the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 cables?

Written by

Tim Greenhalgh

Posted on

September 24, 2021

Cables can be type 1 or type 2, 16 Amp or 32 Amp and Single or Three Phase. All these elements play a part in what the cable can deliver to the vehicle. The type refers to the kind of connection between car and cable.

Type 1 is a 5-pin plug with a clip and normally found on EVs manufactured by Asian brands, except for newer Nissans.

Type 2 is a 7-pin plug with a flat top edge – this connector is typically found on European and American brands such as BMW.

The same EV cable be used for different brands of EV car if the type is correct for that vehicle. For example, a Mini and Range Rover both use type 2, and the same cable could be used to charge both vehicles.

Cable length makes no difference to charging speeds or charging capability. It’s just a longer length for accessing charging units.

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