Plug-In Electric Car Connectors & Plugs – Infographic

JAN 8 2015 BY MARK KANE 22

Several DC charging types

Several DC charging types (without Tesla)

The Electric Vehicle Institute released the infographic “Plug-In Around the EV World” that combines a map with the most common household outlets in different countries, along with a separate description of EV charging plugs that can be spotted in most places.

The first part is interesting because it shows us that there never was a standard around the world. Moreover, the map indicates just some of the electric outlets, as there are more variants in every country and also 3-phase versions (all potentially can be present in different variants and at different power levels).

The EV plugs part is missing China plugs and indicates that the Tesla connector in Europe is similar to Type 2. The descriptions itself seems outdated as CHAdeMO already can be 100 kW (not 60 kW), European 3-phase Type 2 reaches 43 kW (instead of 22 kW) and the Tesla connector can handle 120/135 kW (not 48 kW).

With some few tweaks, this infographic could be very useful for less-oriented customers to see what to expect or to scare them at least before buying.

For better text quality see the original Plug-In Around the EV World in pdf.

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This is embarrassing. How often do you get the chance to greenfield a technology/industry and still manage to completely screw up compatibility standards.


my thoughts exactly, we are starting to get to the point where there are more charging standards than major battery suppliers. At least the J1772 is reasonably standard.

I can’t believe the EU hasn’t put their foot down, this sort of thing is pretty much all they are good for.

They have. I can’t believe you went and posted.

Even worse, how often do you get a chance to make things clearer with a nice infographic, and screw that up too? Check out the description on the NEMA 5-15.
Round pins?!?!?

Yes, their previous infographic on e-motorcycles says “1982” for an introduction date, not 1882, under a graphic of what is clearly an “old-timey” motorcycle.

Yep, that has a lot of errors and omissions. DC fast charging system standards IEC 61851-23 gives the worldwide requirements for “DC chargers” and provides the general requirements for the control communication between a DC fast charger and an EV. IEC 62851-24 defines digital communication between a DC fast charger and an EV. Worldwide “Quick Charging” standards: 1) CHAdeMO (IEC System A) 2) GB/T (IEC System B) 3) SAE CCS COMBO1 (IEC System C) 4) Menekkes CCS COMBO2 (IEC System C) 5) Supercharger (Tesla only, not recognized by IEC) 6) Chameleon (AC Charging 22kW or 43kW, Renault only, not IEC recognized) Neither GB/T nor Menekkes CCS-Combo2 are offered outside of their home markets of China and Europe respectively. Chameleon is Europe only, anywhere a public 3 phase AC outlet is available (the operator must use their own charge cord). USA Quick Charge data, sometimes colloquially referred to as “DC” or “L3” 1. SAE CCS Combo1, or “J1772 DC” – approximately 50 in the USA (and worldwide) as of Dec 2014 up to 100kW eventually, probably limited to 25-50kW Uses a different plug in Europe (Menekkes CCS Combo2) than the plug used in USA EVs compatible include: *GM Spark EV… Read more »

Mark like this, the Chademo seems to be the clear winner!

Well, there is competition from Tesla!!!

With BMW spewing out bulls*** like this, “Powered by high-voltage EV batteries, the first premium all-electric vehicle – the BMW i3”, watch how they twist their “big” DC charging rollout at the Detroit Auto Show.

Even though Tesla has had their fair share of problems, and a few that they’ve convenienty avoided, BMW is not really in a position to brag here, as their ‘overpowered’ “7,6kw” or “7,0 kw” or whatever they’re calling it currently, did burn out and left their owners a bit high and dry if they didn’t have the motorcycle option.

My ‘underpowered’ chevy volt at least lets me charge, although even here, in January and February my 2011 ceases being an electric car since the Engine insists on running at 26 degrees, which is a Heat Wave Summit this area hasn’t surmounted. So no electric charging for 2 months. The later volts at least let you defer this down to 15 degrees f.

To add to Tony’s great list I would point out the plugs are not illustrated in scale. Some of the under over dual plugs are the size of a loaf of bread and a lot heavier. Tesla’s plug is small like an electric toothbrush and can handle more power than any of them.
Why would they go with such crappy government engineer committee designed behemoths if their entire business is about making compelling EVs?


This info graphic is not very accurate. Lots of factual errors.

Ok so they have the North AMerican Tesla connector, what about the Mennekes style one they use in Europe?

I was wondering, what happen if you take a Tesla from North America and import it in Europe? (If you are moving, you probably don’t want to lose you 100k$ car).

Is there an adaptor for that?

Yeah, A us – S taken to most countries would have too bad a time. Many countries, including the UK and Norway, I believe allow 32 amp single phase loads, or in the case of Norway, at least allow them on their public docking stations. A single charger S would then charge at 32 amps, or around 7 1/2 kw. I believe Switzerland and Italy limit single phase draws to 16 amps, so there you’d be limited to a 3.8 kw charge rate. A standard european S moved to the states would have a bit harder time of it, since it will only draw 16 amps (provided Tesla allows it and it doesn’t kick out on phase imbalance. You’d have to talk to a European Tesla owner to see if this is allowed -that is, running their car on only 1 phase). If it is allowed, than that would be around 3.8 kw. So yeah you can transplant these cars, but you might not like doing so, or you might just have to put up with the slow charging. I seem to remember that any Roadster in Australia was only offered with an “Australian Power Point” style cord for a… Read more »

err. “Not have too bad a time”

2.5A CEE7/16 in mainland europe? What year is this from?

It looks pretty but it is so so bad.

J1772 goes as low as 120v 8amps 0.96kw

Isn’t it 6 amps? Below that is “digital commnunication”.

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Why not post your “updates” right here so that we can make sure it’s accurate?

Sounds Good! Additionally, send all suggestions and updates to:

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Thank again,

After a few days we got an upgrade! Hope you enjoy the new version: