Electric Vehicle plug and socket guide

EV plugs and what sort you need can be confusing. We have created an EV charger guild so you know what sort of Plug or charger to purchase. 

There are three two types to consider when buying a charger or cable.
Type 1 (J1772)
Type 2 (Mennekes)

There is also Tesla, but you will already know if you have a Tesla.
Most fast charge stations support type 2, so if you have type 1 consider getting an adapter cable Type 1 to type 2

Type one charge connector

Type one or J1772 

Type one or J1772 on the left is commonly used in older and imported Vehicles such as

Nissan Leaf & eNV200 (including imports)
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV & iMiev
Nissan e-NV 200
Kia Soul EV
Holden Vault
Toyota Prius Plugin (not Prime)
Audi A3 e-tron

The Type one + DC is the older style only used on fast chargers in Japan. You can still plug a Type one home charge unit in to the top. So if your connector looks like this you require a Type 1 charger or adapter cable.

type 2 connector

Type Two or Mennekes

Type two is now the Australian and New Zealand Standard. Its found on most New Zealand charge stations. 

Commonly found in
BMW, Audi, VW eGolf and Mercedes eqc
Hyundai Ioniq, Kona
NZ new Renault Zoe and Kangoo Z.E.
Jaguar i-Pace
Tesla cars imported from UK or Australia
Toyota Prius Prime

If you have the type 2 + DC type plug also known as CSS combo you can still plug a type 2 in to the top of the charge socket to charge at home. 

tesla-and-CHAdeMO-DC plug

CHAdeMO Fast DC charger

You can’t buy a Chagdemo cable. These are standard on some Fast DC chargers.
Tesla Model S/X come with an adapter to use this.

Tesla Charger
Not supported by New Zealand charging stations. Tesla can supply adapters to convert this to another type for charging.