Type 2 Cable

Type 2 cables are a standard plug type for charging an EV and have quite a few different names. Also known as a Mennekes cable or type 2 connector cable. Type 2 cables are popular in Europe and have been declared as a standard in the European Union.

What is a type 2 cable?

A type 2 cable features a seven-pin design. It supports both single-phase and three-phase power supply. This means they can be used for slow, fast, and even rapid charging, depending on the vehicl's capability and the power supply available. They typically support charging speeds up to 43 kW for AC (Alternating Current) charging.

The design includes several safety features such as insulation and protection against dust and water ingress. It also has mechanisms to prevent electric shock, such as ensuring power flows only when the cable is securely connected.

What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 charging cables?

Type 1 and type 2 cables are completely different. Firstly type 1 cables are used primarily in Asia and the USA whereas type 2 cables are used primarily in Europe. The next major difference is in the cable design. Type 1 cables feature a 5-pin design with support for single-phase charging whereas type 2 features a 7-pin design that supports both single-phase and three-phase charging. The last and final difference is in charging capabilities with type 2 supporting much higher amperage.

What is the price for a type 2 cable?

Type 2 cables generally sell for $200 to around $500 depending on the quality and reputation of the cable manufacturer.

What is the rating of a Type 2 cable?

The general rating for a type 2 cable is 32amps but some cables can support much higher amperage such as 64amps.

Do I need a Type 2 cable?

If your EV supports a type 2 connector then you will probably need a type 2 cable to charge at different destinations. Most charging destinations will supply their own compatible cables but in some circumstances, you will need to supply your own.