Charging and EV guide

Before investing in a charging solution you should consider:

Before committing to a charging solution it is best to consider the following four points: mains connection, charging station, charging cable and electric vehicle – which must be observed if you are aiming for the shortest possible charging times. If just one of these four factors is rated at a lower capacity than the rest, the charging time of your electric vehicle will increase according to the weakest link in the charging chain.


IEC 62196 is an international standard for charging plug Types and charging modes for electric vehicles. This is regulated by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The standard is valid in Germany as DIN standard DIN EN 62196.The standard consists of several parts, which have been passed gradually. The third part was published in June 2014. The standardisation process started in June 2015 for part 4 (plug-in connectors for electric vehicles). The IEC 61851 definition was adopted by the DIN standard DIN EN 62196. The charging station and the charging cable remain de-energized until an electric vehicle is connected. During the charging process, the vehicle is also disabled.

What different plug types are available?

Alternating current (AC)

7.4 kW
Type 1 ♂
7.4 kW
Type 1 ♀
44 kW
Type 2 ♂
44 kW
Type 2 ♀

Direct current (DC)

350 kW
Type 1 ♀ CSS
350 kW
Type 2 ♀ CSS
120 kW
Tesla Supercharger ♀
400 kW