Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers are standardized based on the market and technology limitations, and are constantly changing based on innovation. Major markets such as North America, Japan, the European Union, and China have set charging infrastructure, but power availability makes them limited. 

Every EV sold in North America is compatible with J1772 connectors. All EVs – except Tesla – use the J1772 for Level 1 (120 V) and Level 2 (240 V) charging. Tesla owners have an adapter cable to use J1772. 

Europe does not typically have 120 V power, so Level 1 charging is not used. Instead, the IEC 62196 Type 2 connector is utilized for Level 2 AC charging. Tesla uses a proprietary connector for its European EVs, but a few models use the IEC 62196 Type 2 connector. 

EV charging connectors are as follows: 

AC Charging Connectors

  • North America: SAE J1772 Type 1
  • Europe: IEC 62196 Type 2 (Mennekes)
  • China: GB/T

DC Charging Connectors

  • North America & Europe: variations of the Combined Charging System (CCS) 
  • Japan: CHAdeMO 
  • China: GB/T

DC Fast Charge Connectors

  • North America: CCS Type 1
  • Europe: CCS Type 2 
  • Japan: CHAdeMo
  • Teslas: Supercharger; or uses a charging converter for Level 1, Level 2, and DC Fast Charge

Wireless charging is under development; they would be installed in parking lots or underneath roads. 

Are you interested in installing an EV charger in your home or business? Contact the experts at State Electric Company to receive a quote today. 

State Electric Company is a leader in the electrification of the nation. Our highly educated and experienced team of professionals uses industry-leading software technology and has partnered with manufacturers to deliver affordable solutions for all your electrical needs. State Electric Co. is also an exclusive distributor for Enel X JuiceBox EV chargers for residential and commercial use. We are fully licensed, insured, and bonded to install charging stations for homes, offices, hotels, and more. With our extensive knowledge in renewable energy, our team provides customers – large or small – with efficient electrical solutions. Contact us today to learn how we can safely and affordably meet your energy needs.

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