Do all charging stations use the same standards?

Europe-wide standards for charging electric vehicles have been laid down for charging plugs, and global standards regulate the communication between an electric vehicle and a charging point.

The European charging system Combined Charging System (CCS) provides for alternating current (AC) charging with a Type 2 plug and direct current (DC) charging with a Combo 2 plug.

Both plugs can simply be inserted into the same e-vehicle socket. Compatible e-vehicles automatically recognize the system used by the charging point and recharge the battery. Vehicle models using this standard include BMW, VW, and Ford.

The fast charging points (DC) also support the Japanese CHAdeMO standard, which is supported by various car models including Nissan, Mitsubishi, Citroën, and Peugeot.

All charging plugs have been specially developed to ensure safe and convenient continuous charging of electric vehicles.

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