EV Plug Guide

 

What is an EV Cable used for?

An electric vehicle charging cable is used to transfer power from a universal charging station or socket charging station to your car.

Different types of cables can also allow you to charge from a type 1 (J1772) charger to an electric vehicle which uses a type 2 (Mennekes) plug and vice versa.

 

Do I need a 16amp or 32amp Cable?

All of our plug to plug cables are available in either 16amp or 32amp versions.

If you buy a 16amp cable you’ll only ever be able to charge at 16amp max. The majority of EV vechicles are fitted with a 3KW onboard charger as standard, so you would need a 16amp cable. If you upgrade the onboard charger to 7KW you would need a 32Aamp cable.

Even if you plug into a source that draws 32amp, the cable will limit the power. The 16amp cable is slightly cheaper and the cable is lighter, which some people prefer

 

Which is the right cable for my electric car?

Refer to the guide on the EVE Australia website which discusses the type of plug which your EV uses. Then simply select whether you are charging from the electric car to a charging point or require a portable charger to charge from home wall socket.

 

Why are the cables orange?

The cables are orange to make them highly visible to people near by in order to avoid accidents.

 

What charging cables will I get with my new electric vehicle?

This will depend on the vehicle manufacturer. As standard most vehicles come with a portable domestic charger that you plug into a standard domestic plug socket. If however you’ve arranged through your car dealer to have a specialist charge point installed at home, then they’re likely to only provide a plug-to-plug cable to connect to your new charge point. You might find that your new charge point only has a lead permanently attached to it, so you'll still need another cable for charging at public charge stations. Some dealers might give you both, others might give you nothing at all. They’ll no doubt offer you an upgrade to purchase the leads you need, but these will be expensive. Compare prices on our website to see if you’re getting a good deal.

 

Why do cars and charging points have different inlets?

The Electric vehicle industry has adopted different types of connectors in different countries. Japan, China and Asian manufacturers generally use Type 1 (J1772), with Europe and America favouring Type 2(62196-2). So a European car using a Charge point in a European country will need a Type 2 to Type 2 lead. A Japanese car using a charge point in Europe will need a Type 1 to Type 2 Connector. Australia currently has a mix of the two inlets.

 

How long are your cables?

EVE Australia has EV charging cables in both 3m and 5m lengths.

 

What if I need more help?

Then simply call or email EVE Australia and our friendly and knowledgeable team can help you to find the right solution for your electric vehicle needs.