Electric Vehicle Charge Plugs

The Type 2 Plug is the standard plug for electric vehicle charging in South Africa and the European Union.  The plug is defined by IEC 62196-2 (SANS 62196-2) and supports single or three-phase AC charging.

The Combined Charging System (CCS 2) is an extension of the Type 2 plug providing direct current (DC) contacts for high-power DC fast charging.  This is the standard for all public DC Charge Stations in South Africa.

The Type 1 Plug is the standard plug for electric vehicle charging in the United States and Japan.  The plug supports single phase AC charging up to 32 Amps.  The 1st generation Nissan Leaf is the only EV in SA that uses this type of plug.  Future Nissan EVs sold in SA will use the Type 2 plug.

The Combined Charging System (CCS 1) is an extension of the Type 1 plug providing direct current (DC) contacts for high-power DC fast charging.  In Japan a dedicated CHAdeMO connector is used for DC charging.

Tesla uses its own charge plug and closed ecosystem for its supercharging network in the U.S but has adopted the Type 2 / CCS 2 standard in Europe.  Tesla is expected to adopt the Type 2 and CCS 2 standard for South Africa, to ensure compatibility with the existing DC charging infrastructure.