The cable delivered with your electric car will have a connector that allows connection to the power socket or car socket and a connector of the given type that allows the customer to connect to the charging station socket in alternating current for connection to the charger's infrastructure sockets:
Type 2 plug cable, also called "Mennekes", is now widely used in Europe, except in France. It charges vehicles with single-phase or three-phase AC current up to 22 kW at the charging socket and up to 43 kW via the connector on the cable attached to the charging infrastructure.
The so-called "Scame" 3A plug and cord are now only used for light vehicles such as scooters and micro vehicles, and can be charged in single-phase mode to a maximum power of 3.7 kW.
In the United States and Japan, AC charging is done via cables attached to the charging infrastructure. The cable will therefore have a connector that the customer will plug into the machine's inlet. The connector is a type 1, so called "Yazaki", and charges the vehicle in single-phase alternating current at a maximum charging power of 7.4 kW.
For DC charging, cables are attached to the charging infrastructure and their connectors are as follows:
The CHAdeMO connector cable is the most common standard for DC fast charging and is used, for example, in Nissan, Mitsubishi, Peugeot and Citroen vehicles. It currently charges on the international fast charging infrastructure at a maximum power of 50 kW, but could charge at even higher power rates.
The CCS COMBO2 cable is used by some European car manufacturers such as BMW and Volkswagen, while the CCS COMBO1 cable is mainly used by Japanese and American car manufacturers. The CCS COMBO 2 cable allows both DC fast charging and AC slow charging and is currently installed on the international DC fast charging infrastructure at a maximum power of 50 kW, but can charge at even higher power levels. It charges AC at the same power levels as described above for the Type 2 standard. Car manufacturers choose the power limit to be applied.
In addition, there is an ad-hoc standard used only by Tesla with a single Type 2 connector for both AC and DC charging. When used in DC, it charges exclusively with Tesla Superchargers based on a proprietary protocol.