Charging e-cars: How to find the right charging cable
Popular EV charging cables
Hardly any e-car has a charging cable on board ex works
Schuko, Type 2, CCS – there are charging options for electric cars
Tesla offers this option to its customers
The “Mobile Connector”, universal connector for Tesla, is only available for an additional charge of 340 euros.
How long should the e-car charging cable be, which shape is best?
How long should the cord for the electric car be? And what shape should it have? Smooth or Spiral? This is not as easy as it sounds at first. Short cables are lightweight and don’t waste space in the trunk. Coiled cords don’t hang on the floor, so they don’t get dirty easily.
Thicker cables result in greater power loss
A 32 ampere cable has a cross-section of six square millimeters per phase. This results in a loss of around three watts per meter of cable length. With three-phase cables, nine watts are lost.
Charging cables tend to be short at home, longer on the go
Therefore: If you charge at home, you should choose the cable as short as possible. The following rule of thumb is recommended for mobile use: the width plus length of the car equals the minimum cable size.
The question of the shape remains: spiral or straight cable? The latter is easier to lay on and around the car, but tends to end up in the dirt. Coiled cables always contract to their smallest pack size and can be routed in the air.
However, they can endanger the paintwork and add-on parts of the car. “In addition, they use more material, are therefore more expensive and have higher resistances,” says Mennekes’ man Vogel. They are currently losing importance on the market.
Universal charging cable for different formats
A case contains charging cable, type 2 plug for the charging socket and various adapters for almost all outputs. If you travel abroad, you can also buy additional connecting pieces. The Juice Booster is available from around 1149 euros in specialist shops.
What good are cheap cables for e-cars really?
In contrast to the manufacturer’s cable, a display on the Orion cable even shows how many kilowatt hours have been refueled and the charging time. Material quality and workmanship also make a good impression. Whether it also passes a plug crossing test remains to be seen. Such extreme tests are common with expensive branded goods such as Mennekes. In the following picture gallery you will find five popular e-cars in Germany with charging cable, charging capacity and vehicle data: