The EV charging cable is the most important part of your charging infrastructure. It is the physical link between your vehicle and the charging station.
The EV charging cable consists of three main parts:
– The connector, which connects to the vehicle
– The cable, which connects to the charger
– The clamps, or connectors that connect the two parts of the cable together
There are a lot of misconceptions about EV charging cables, which can be confusing. Here’s what you need to know.
The two main types of charging cables are the SAE J1772 and the Tesla Universal Mobile Connector (UMC).
The J1772 is the most widely used EV charging cable in the US, but it’s not compatible with all EV models. Most EVs on the market today use this standard, so it’s worth having at least one J1772 cable in your garage.
Tesla uses its own proprietary UMC connection for its Supercharger network and for Model S/X/3 owners who want to charge their cars at home with a wall connector. The UMC looks similar to a lightning cable from an iPhone or iPad, but it has a few key differences:
It doesn’t have an “open” end like most lightning cables do; it has a male end that plugs directly into your car’s charging port.
It features a flat plug rather than an L-shaped one like most EV charging cables use.
The charging cable for an electric car is the same as that for a regular vehicle. It plugs into a charging point, which is usually located in public spaces such as car parks and motorway service stations.
It’s also possible to install a charging point at home or in your office, but this can be expensive and there are some limitations on where you can park while charging.
Below we explain the different types of charging cables available and what they mean for you as an EV driver.
The J1772 connector is the most common type of charging cable used in Europe and America. It works with any EV that supports the GB/T standard, which includes almost all modern EVs sold in Europe and America since 2010. It supports both AC (50kW) and DC (100kW) fast charging up to 320kW via three-pin connectors (or 400kW via a four-pin connector).
Charging cables for electric cars have become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to the increasing number of people who own these vehicles. The popularity of these cables has increased so much that there are now multiple manufacturers selling them on Amazon including:
EVSEtech — A company that sells charging cables made specifically for Tesla vehicles.Cable Matters — An outlet that sells both regular charging cables as well as ones made specifically for Tesla vehicles. You can check WebWel EV Cables for more information.