EV Charger Connectors

EV Charger Connectors are the heart of EV charging stations, allowing for the efficient transfer of power between charger and vehicle. They also ensure that the connection is secure, preventing damage to either the car or the charger.

Different parts of the world have different connector standards, but here in North America we are lucky to have a pretty standard system. The J1772 (Type 1) connector is the most common and offers Level 1 and 2 charging capabilities that are compatible with a wide variety of EVs. It’s important to keep in mind that some EVs, like Tesla models, use their own proprietary connectors that are only compatible with their stations.

In Europe, the CHAdeMO connector is used for DC fast charging. Originally designed by Japanese automakers, it has since been overtaken by CCS, but some older models still feature the CHAdeMO connector and can be charged at slower rates using an adapter. The NACS connector, on the other hand, is a hybrid that supports both DC and AC charging and is now the default for most new EVs.

Finally, in China, the GB/T plug is used for both AC and DC charging and can be found at thousands of DC charging stations across the country. While it’s incompatible with the European Mennekes plug, it is set to be upgraded to enable 900 kW charging by the end of 2024. EV Charger Connectors