Do all electric vehicle chargers fit all cars?
Elisha Keep | 16/06/2022
Whether you’re switching or you’ve just invested in an electric vehicle, you’re bound to have a few burning questions including what kind of charger you will need to charge your car. Here's everything you need to know.
At a Glance
Generally, EV chargers are universal. Great news! But charger compatibility isn't everything.
Find out everything you need to know about charging your electric vehicle below.
Whether you’re switching or you’ve just invested in an electric vehicle, you’re bound to have a few burning questions. And like every new EV driver before you, you’re probably wondering if EV chargers are all made equal. With range anxiety becoming a phenomenon faced by experienced and new EV drivers alike, it’s a valid question.
The truth of the matter is that EV experts and manufacturers are confident that battery range is no longer a priority, supposedly ‘leaving range anxiety back in 2012’. Performance now takes centre stage. The reason? Batteries are always improving and more charging stations are popping up every day.
With all that said, let’s go back to the question at hand: do all EV chargers fit all cars?
Are all EV chargers the same?
Great news! Generally, EV chargers are universal.
All EVs use the same standard plug for Level 1 and Level 2 charging. Variations are few and far between and we’ll come to that a little later. First up, you’ll want to know what we mean when we say Level 1 and Level 2 charging.
Level 1 charging
You’ll typically receive a Level 1 charging cord with the purchase of your EV. It delivers 1.4kW to your vehicle. On average, you’ll get four miles of driving range per hour of charge.
Level 2 charging
While a Level 1 charging cord delivers 1.4kW, a Level 2 charging system ranges from 6.2 to 7.6kW. An hour of charging with Level 2 will get you an average of 32 miles driving range.
What about those variations?
There is a Level 3, but this usually requires a different plug.
The CHAdeMO plug is a 10-pin plug that you’d normally find in fast-charging stations. They can supply quick charging of up to 50kW. While Level 3 isn’t as common as Level 2, it’s often the fastest way to get charged when you’re on the road. The downside? Not all Level 3 chargers are compatible with all EVs.
Can I charge my EV on the move?
Yes, you absolutely can. The important thing to remember when charging on the go is to make sure your EV is compatible with the charger you plan to use.
You can use apps like Zap Map to find out the details of public charging stations in advance.
It’s also wise to keep a back up charging cable with you - not every public charging station will have one and you don’t want to be left stranded.
Where can I charge on the road?
There’s an ever growing number of public charging points in the UK. You can find charging stations at supermarkets, petrol stations, shopping centres, hotels and more.
Employers are beginning to offer charging points at the workplace, with the government making efforts to offer more on-street residential charging points.
Again it’s important to double check your EV is compatible with the public charging station you’ll be using. When you search for local chargers ZapMap lets you know which connection types are available for you to use- Handy, ey?
Egg chargers are compatible with all EVs
At Egg, our chargers will work with all electric vehicles currently on the market.
From Ford to BMW, Audi to TeslaNissan and everything in between, our reliable chargers will ensure your EV never runs out of juice. You can rely on us to make sure you’re always ready to go.
Discover the freedom of at home EV charging
Installing an EV charger at home gives you the opportunity to get the most out of EV ownership. Say goodbye to waiting for a charging station to be free. With at home charging you can charge your EV as and when suits you.
Save money by charging at home. Our handy smart app will tell you when the most energy efficient time is to charge your EV. Sounds cool? We think so!
Quick and easy set up
Our unique subscription service means you can enjoy the benefits of at home charging for just £30 per month. Most of our customers won’t have to pay for installation and setting everything up couldn’t be easier.
We’ll get you up and running in three simple steps. Firstly we’ll ask you a few questions to check eligibility. You’ll choose a date for installation, the rest is up to us. We’ll set up your payment details, but don’t worry, we’ll never take a payment until everything is up and running.
All that’s left to do is for our team to call to your home to install your charger. While they’re there, they’ll show you how to use your charger and our app. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, we’re always happy to help.
You’re fully covered with 2 day repair-or-replace
With Egg, you get all the benefits of owning an EV charger with none of the hassle. If you buy a charger, on average, you’ll get a standard three year warranty. The problem with that is there’s usually hidden fees and costs attached. Not to mention that when the three years are up, you’re left out in the cold.
As long as you’re with Egg, you’re fully covered and there’s no hidden fees. Our chargers are reliable and go through extensive testing to guarantee quality. That said, if anything happens to go wrong you’ll be back in business in no time at all. We operate a 2 day repair-or-replace support service. That's customer support you can rely on.
Whether you’re thinking about switching to an electric vehicle or you’re already an experienced EV user, an at home charger offers flexibility and freedom like never before.
We hope this has cleared up some questions you may have about EV chargers, with a little bit of extra information thrown in.
Feel free to reach out to us any time if you have more questions. We’re always happy to help and we’d love to hear from you.
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