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EV Connectors

This article will assist you to identify the connectors on your electric vehicle. 

The good news is that if the plug fits it is compatible – regardless of the age or make of the vehicle. 

Below is a list of the plugs and sockets commonly in use.

Type 2 Connector

This is main European standard and New Zealand is following Europe. Expect to see most NZ new cars having Type 2 connectors going forward.

Also known as Mennekes and IEC 62196.

Supports AC charging in single phase, 3 phase and DC charging. 

Example Type 2 Cars:

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf, UK Leafs. 
  • Renault Zoe
  • Hyundai Ioniq
  • Tesla

CCS Type 2 Combo DC High Current Connector

Is a Type 2 connector with an additional two high current and voltage DC pins. A standard Type 2 plug can connect to provide slower AC charging. 

CHAdeMo DC Connector

CHAdeMo is a Rapid DC charger connector. You will find CHAdeMo connectors on Chargenet‘s rapid charger network in New Zealand. 

CHAdeMo can be an optional extra on some car models. If you want fast DC charging, make sure you double check what is on the vehicle before purchase. 


Type 1 Connectors

Also known as SAE J1772, is the North American single phase AC connector. Will decline in popularity in New Zealand in favour of Type 2. 

Example Vehicles:

  • Nissan Leaf before 2018
  • Japanese Leafs (Note UK Leafs are Type 2). 


Type 1 CCS Combined Connectors

Again being depreciated in New Zealand in favour of Type 2 CCS


CHAdeMo and Type 1 connector scokets on a Nissan LEAF.

Do I have to Bring My Own Cable?

While the NZTA guidelines in 2016 recommended that uses bring their own Type 2 cables to public charging stations this has not been popular for a number of reasons:

  • Users forgot to take their cable with them as they have been trained by the petrol pump to only disconnect one end!
  • Cable takes up room in the vehicle.
  • Charger owners have no control over the condition, safety or quality of user supplied cables.

High power DC chargers are required to have their own fixed cable.  


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