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What cables come with an electric car?

18th Dec 2019 Danny Morgan


When charging your electric car, at home or via a public charger, you may need to use your own cable. We explain the cables that typically come with an electric car.

New electric cars – what cables can I expect to receive?

Different manufacturers are taking different approaches to the type of cables they decide to supply with a new vehicle.

At the very least you will be supplied with a three-pin electric car charger, but an increasing number of car manufacturers are now including a Type 1 or Type 2 cables for faster home and public charging.

Most new cars use a Type 2 connection for home AC charging, so this will be the most common cable supplied if your vehicle manufacturer decides to supply anything over and above the three-pin charging cable.

Which new cars are supplied with a Type 1 or Type 2 cable?

It’s recommended you check with the dealership which cables are supplied. But the following manufacturers of electric vehicles usually supply a Type 1 or Type 2 cable in addition to the three-pin plug:

Manufacturer and model Type 1 cable supplied? Type 2 cable supplied? Three-pin cable supplied?

Audi e-tron

  Yes Yes

Audi A3 e-tron

  Yes Yes

Audi Q7 e-tron

  Yes Yes

BMW i3

  Yes Yes

BMW i8

  Yes Yes

BMW 330e

  Optional Yes

Hyundai Ioniq

  No Yes

Hyundai Kona

  Yes Yes

Jaguar I-PACE

  Yes Yes

Kia e-Niro

  Yes Yes

Mercedes C-Class plug-in hybrid

  No Yes

Mercedes E-Class plug-in hybrid

  No Yes

Mercedes S-Class plug-in hybrid

  No Yes

Mercedes EQC

  Yes Yes

MG ZS EV

  No Yes

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Yes   Yes

Nissan Leaf (Mk2)

  Yes (with optional 6.6kW on-board charger) Yes

Porsche Panamera Hybrid

  Optional Yes

Renault Zoe

  Yes No

Tesla Model 3

  Yes Yes

Tesla Model S

  Yes Yes

Tesla Model X

  Yes Yes

Vauxhall Corsa-e

  Yes Yes

Vauxhall Grandland X

  Yes Yes

Volkswagen e-Golf

  Yes Yes

Volvo plug-in range

  Optional

Yes

 

Used electric carswhat cables can I expect to receive?

The types of charging cables supplied with electric cars (and whether manufacturers decided to supply them or not) has varied a lot over the years.

If you’re buying a used car, we recommend checking online to see what cables came with the car originally. This way you can be sure whether the used electric vehicle you are purchasing should have a cable with it or not.

Forums can be a handy way of finding out what cables were originally supplied with the vehicle. We recommend SpeakEV.

However, keep in mind that the seller or original owner may have decided to keep the charging cable to use with his or her new electric car.

 

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