Universal Socket EV Charger

A universal socket electric vehicle charger is a type of charger designed to accommodate multiple types of EV charging connectors. This flexibility allows a wide range of EVs to use the same charging station regardless of the specific type of charging plug they require. The concept of a universal socket is particularly important as different electric vehicles, especially from different regions (like North America, Europe, and Asia), often come with different types of charging plugs.

Which socket does a universal socket EV charger support?

Depending on the charger most universal socket EV chargers will support the following plug types:

  • Type 1 (SAE J1772): Common in North America for Level 1 and 2 charging.
  • Type 2 (IEC 62196): Common in Europe for Level 1, 2, and some DC fast charging.
  • CCS (Combined Charging System): A DC fast charging standard used in both North America and Europe.
  • CHAdeMO: A DC fast charging standard primarily used in Japan.