The level of power that the charging point on the wall can deliver is only one part of the EV charging situation; the other is the type of charging port on the charger and the car itself. These plugs and ports have multiple pins; some are for transferring electricity, and others are data connections used by the car and charging station to manage the electricity flow in the best way.

There are many companies available that also provide the top home EV charger.

Some EVs have multiple connection-type options:

Type 1

This is a five-pin design, not so common in Australia these days. Also known as J1772 or SAE J1772, it's mainly found on older models of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV or Nissan Leaf.

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Type 2

A seven-pin design, this is the standard type used in Australia and it's what you'll find on pretty much all current BEVs sold in Australia. It's also known as an IEC 62196 or Mennekes plug.


There are many adaptors available to allow a car with one plug type to connect to a different type of charging station.

There are limits of course; not all combinations are available, and while the right adaptor might allow a car to charge from a level 3 fast charger that would otherwise not be compatible, the car battery will still only charge at its own maximum rate. Adaptor connectors or cables usually cost a few hundred dollars and can be a useful investment if there are conveniently located but otherwise incompatible chargers you'd like to use.