Different Kind Of DC Connectors

The car can be charged faster with DC charging than with AC charging. The most popular charging station is 50 kWh. However, 150 kWh stations have already appeared and 270 kWh, as well as 350 kWh chargers, are on the horizon. This is due to the constant development of more efficient connectors.

CCS – Type 1 & Type 2 (Combined Charging System).

The combined charging system CCS (or combined charging system) is an elegant way to fast charge DC. These are either Type 1-2 Adapter. Two additional pins are then added to the bottom. These two lower pins are required for DC charging. Only the communication pin (which provides the reference point for protection systems) and the earth conductor (which is used to charge the device) can be seen from the upper portion. These connectors can withstand power up to 350 kW.

It is the most widely used DC connector. Type 1 is the most common type of DC connector in the Australia. Type 2 CCS can be found in Australia. The car must have two sockets when using the CHAdeMO connector.

CCS is not compatible with CHAdeMO or GB /T charging stations, as they use different communication protocols. Therefore, special adapters are required and are difficult to find.


CHAdeMO was the original DC plug that five Japanese automakers developed. They have been trying to make this plug a global standard ever since 2010.

This directive currently states that every fast charging station must include at least one CCS connector. There are many connector options for charging stations. However, electric car makers are moving away from CHAdeMO connectors. Only two electric cars currently have this connector, and Nissan is one of them. This means that CCS connectors will become more common in Japan and China.

The CHAdeMO Association released the second version 2018 of its connector. It can charge up to 400 kW. It is also working with China to create an ultra-fast connector that can charge up to 900kW.


Tesla is a topic all its own and uses different connectors than other brands. This allows Tesla customers to charge their vehicles on their charging stations, which cannot be used by other vehicles.

Tesla offers adapters to fit other types of plugs so that Tesla vehicles can use charging stations with Type 1 and CHAdeMO plugs.

Tesla chose the CCS Type 2 plug for its Model 3 in the fight to win the Australian DC plug.