Charge Point Types and Connectors
For all common electric cars, there are 2 types of chargepoint you need to know:
RAPID – 50-150Kw typically and able to deliver a lot of charge very quickly into your car after a short charge stop on a longer journey
FAST – 3-7Kw typically in public car parks, where you car can be left parked for many hours to charge at a slower rate
The type of charger you use will be affected by where you are, what is available, and how much time you have.
“Type 2 is the most common charging socket required, and all you need for the majority of charging points”
Standard ‘Fast’ Charging is available in most locations but is most commonly used either:
- At home or work when the vehicle is parked up for a long period of time
- When there is no fast charging available at the ChargePoint location
- When visiting locations without a Rapid chargepoint
Standard charging can take 6 to 8 hours for a full charge, and it requires you to have your own Type 2 cable to plug your car into a public fast charger. This method of charging is useful during any prolonged stops or overnight. Many EV owners will carry a standard 3 pin plug for additional slow charging at any location. Standard Fast charging is offered at many locations and requires you have your own lead with either a Type 1 or Type 2 connector on the end to suit the vehicle you drive. Typically, you will also be able to charge through a household three-pin plug, if you have the correct lead (which we provide with all our cars.