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Everything you need to know about type 2 three-phase charging cables

There is a growing popularity of electric cars and their charging infrastructure. An essential part of charging an electric vehicle is the charging cable. In this article, we will take a closer look at type 2 three-phase charging cables and discuss which makes and models of cars these cables are suitable for. We will also discuss the different applications of these cables and tips on how to use them.

What are three-phase type 2 charging cables?

Three-phase Type 2 charging cables, also known as Mennekes charging cables, are designed to charge electric vehicles via a Type 2 connection. This type of cable has a Type 2 connector at one end and can be connected to a public charging point or a charging station with a Type 2 connection. At the other end, the cable has a connector that plugs into the vehicle to enable charging.

Type 2 three-phase charging cables have a higher charging capacity than single-phase cables and use three-phase alternating current (AC) to make charging more efficient. This means charging can be faster, which is useful for drivers who want to charge quickly on the move.

What makes and models of cars are type 2 three-phase charging cables suitable for?

Type 2 16A three-phase charging cables are suitable for a number of makes and models of cars. Some examples include the BMW i3 and i8, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive, Renault Zoe, Tesla Model S, and Volkswagen Golf GTE. It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive and new electric cars may have entered the market that are also suitable for three-phase Type 2 16A charging cables.

For cars with higher charging power, three-phase type 2 32A charging cables are available. These cables are suitable for cars such as the Tesla Model S with an on-board duo charger, the Tesla Model X with an on-board duo charger, the Renault Zoe and the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. As with the 16A version, new cars may be available after this article is written that are also suitable for three-phase Type 2 32A charging cables.

Type 2 home chargers

Besides using type 2 three-phase charging cables at public charging points, there are also home chargers available with a type 2 connector. These chargers, usually called mobile chargers, have a plug for the normal socket (schuko) on one end and a type 2 plug on the other. With a mobile charger, you can charge your electric or hybrid car via a normal 220-240V socket at home or on the road.

For cars with a smaller battery and limited range, a mobile charger is a practical solution. An evening plus night of charging is usually enough to fully recharge the battery. It is important to note that the home charger is not suitable for the Renault Zoe.

Characteristics of quality three-phase type 2 charging cables

When buying type 2 three-phase charging cables, it is important to pay attention to some features that ensure their quality and durability. For example, quality cables have moulded-on plugs instead of screwed-on plugs. This prevents dirt and moisture from entering the plugs, which can cause faults and shorten the life of the cable.

In addition, three-phase type 2 charging cables have distinctive colours such as green or orange. These bright colours make the cable highly visible and prevent people from tripping over it when it is on the ground. The cables are also hard-wearing, which is essential as they are often dragged on the ground and walked on regularly.

Choosing the right type 2 three-phase charging cable

When choosing the right type 2 charging cable, there are some factors to consider. Firstly, you should check whether your car has a type 1 or type 2 connection. For this, consult your vehicle’s car guides or manual. It is recommended to choose a universal type 2 charging cable, as it is compatible with both type 1 and type 2 connectors.

You should also choose the right length of cable based on the distance between the charging point and the vehicle. A 5-metre cable is often a good choice, as it offers a good compromise between ease of use and storage convenience. Spiral cables can also be handy as they make storage easier without compromising on length.

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