EV Glossary

Learn about electric vehicles by searching through our EV definitions and industry terminology below.

A

AC Neutral

AC Neutral (N) is a pin connector on charging cables for electric vehicles. It is a standard pin that can be used for single phase and unbalanced loads, as well as balanced 3 phase loads.

C

Control Pilot

A control pilot (CP) is a pin connector on charging cables for electric vehicles. Control pilot pins are used in EV charging cables to negotiate current charging levels.

D

Dumb Charger

A dumb charger is a term used to describe a normal electric vehicle charger that lacks advanced features and connectivity capabilities.

E

EV

EV is a short acronym for the term Electric Vehicle. An EV can also be used to describe an electric car or car powered by an electric motor or electricity rather than liquid fuel.

EV Charger Voltage

EV Charging Voltage is the pressure of the electricity provided to the charger.

EV Charger Amperage

EV Charging Amps are the strength of the current provided to the charger in amperes.

K

kWh

kWh stands for kilowatt-hours and refers to a unit of energy volume output for batteries or capacitors based on time.

L

Level 1 Charger

Level 1 chargers are the most basic and simplest chargers available on the market right now.

Level 2 Charger

Level 2 chargers are fast, reliable and offer the best performance to flexibility for most households and businesses.

Level 3 Charger

Level 3 chargers are the most powerful and fastest chargers available at the moment.

Lithium-ion Battery Technology

Lithium-ion battery technology is a modern type of electricity storage that is featured in most modern EVs and PHEVs.

P

Petrol Electric Hybrid

Petrol electric hybrid or PHEV for short is a term for cars with the ability to run on electricity and/or petrol.

Proximity Pilot

A proximity pilot (PP) is a pin connector on charging cables for electric vehicles. They are one of five pins on a type 1 connector and one of seven pins on a type 2 connector.

Protective Earth

A protective earth (PE) is a pin connector on charging cables for the grounding of excess electricity.

R

Range Anxiety

Range anxiety is a feeling of nervousness EV drivers experience, particularly new ones, about whether their car's battery will have enough charge to reach their destination.

T

Type 2 Cable

A type 2 cable features a seven-pin design. It supports both single-phase and three-phase power supply.