If you’re considering purchasing an electric car, one question that may come to mind is, do electric cars come with charging cables? It’s often assumed that a charging cable will come with an electric vehicle, and while it’s highly likely that your EV will come with a charging cable if it’s brand new, it’s important to be aware that this is not always the case – especially for second hand electric cars.
And given that a charger is a necessity for any electric car owner, you want to ensure you have your bases covered before you drive off the forecourt.
But in short, the answer to this question is not a simple yes or no, as it depends on the specific car model, manufacturer and whether the car is brand new or second-hand.
Let’s take a closer look at the factors that determine whether electric cars come with charging cables.
New electric cars in the UK typically come with at least one charging cable that can be used to connect the vehicle to a charging point. However, the number of cables and the specific types of cables provided may vary depending on the make and model of the car. For example, the electric MINI comes with two charging cables, a three-pin plug and a Type 2 charging cable.
When searching online, finding the specific cables each car will come with isn’t easy. As such, it’s always a good idea to check with the manufacturer or dealer to confirm what charging equipment is included with a new electric car purchase.
Additionally, some electric car manufacturers offer optional or upgraded charging cables, so it’s worth considering whether these options could benefit your charging needs.
If you purchase a second-hand electric vehicle, it is worth contacting the seller to see whether they will supply a cable with the car.
It all depends on the specific seller and the condition of the second-hand electric car. In general, when initially purchased new, most electric cars come with a charging cable. However, if the previous owner has lost or damaged the original charging cable, it may not be included with the second-hand electric car.
When buying a used electric car, it’s important to check with the seller to confirm what is included in the sale. Some sellers may include the charging cable as part of the sale, while others may sell it separately or not include it at all.
Several types of charging cables can come with an electric car, depending on the make and model of the vehicle and the type of charging infrastructure it is designed to work with. Here are some of the most common types of charging cables.
A 3-pin plug electric car charger, also known as a Level 1 charger, is a type of electric car charger that can be plugged into a standard 3-pin domestic household socket. It’s the slowest and least powerful type of electric car charger.
While a 3-pin plug electric car charger is convenient because it can be plugged into any standard domestic socket, it’s not recommended for regular use, as it can lead to overheating and other electrical issues. As such, we only recommend using this type of charger for emergencies.
A Type 1 charging cable has a plug on one end designed to connect to the charging port on an electric vehicle with a Type 1 inlet. The other end of the cable typically has a standard Type 2 plug that can be connected to a domestic or public charging point. A type 1 charger is typically rated for a maximum charging power of 7.4 kW.
It’s worth noting that newer electric vehicles usually use Type 2 charging ports instead, so it’s essential to check which type of charging cable is compatible with your specific vehicle.
A Type 2 charging cable has a plug on one end designed to connect to the charging port on an electric vehicle with a Type 2 inlet. The other end of the cable has a Type 2 plug that can be connected to a domestic or public charging point. Most electric vehicles now use a type 2 charging cable and are typically rated for a maximum charging power of up to 22 kW, depending on the specific car and EV charging station.
Yes, car charging cables can be bought separately if one doesn’t come with your EV. There are many companies and retailers that specialise in selling electric vehicle charging equipment and accessories, including charging cables.
When buying a charging cable separately, ensuring it meets safety and quality standards is crucial. There are a lot of cheap charging cables available online, but it is worth investing in a high-quality cable that is safe and will last.
You should also consider the power rating of the charging cable you buy. For example, some charging cables can only charge at 3.6 kW (16 amps). However, newer electric vehicles can charge at 7.4 kW (32 amps) on a single-phase supply, and some can even charge at 22kW on a three-phase power supply.
As such, you should consider your vehicle’s maximum charging speed when buying a charging cable. We recommend purchasing a charging cable capable of charging at 7.4kW or 22kW, which will futureproof you if you ever upgrade your vehicle.
At We Power Your Car, we sell a range of high-quality charging cables. You can buy them on our website here.
When buying a charging cable separately, it’s essential to ensure that it’s compatible with the make and model of your electric car and the different types of infrastructure you plan to use when charging your electric car.
Typically, all modern charging cables come with a type 2 connector on one end of the cable, as most electric vehicle charger sockets are type 2. However, the other end of the cable, the one that goes into the car, requires some consideration.
There are two types of cables typically sold in the UK, type 1 and type 2, so checking which type of cable your electric car requires before purchasing is essential. For example, a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a type 1 vehicle, so it requires a type 1 charging cable.
The type of charging equipment you intend to use is also very important. Most home or public EV fast chargers are untethered (socketed) with a type 2 socket. As such, you will need your own cable to connect your car to the charging unit. Therefore, you must ensure that the charging cable you buy is compatible with the charger.
For instance, the Easee One home charger has a type 2 socket, meaning that if you own a type 1 vehicle like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, you will need to purchase a type 1 charging cable with a type 1 connector on one end and a type 2 connector on the other.
Therefore, if you plan on charging at home or using a public charger, you must ensure the charging cable you purchase is compatible and covers all bases.
In conclusion, the answer to whether or not EVs come with a charging cable is not straightforward. It depends on various factors, such as the car model, manufacturer, and whether the vehicle is new or second-hand. New electric cars typically come with at least one charging cable, but the specific type and number may vary.
On the other hand, second-hand electric cars may or may not come with a charging cable, depending on the seller and the car’s condition.
If an electric car does not come with a cable, it is possible to purchase one separately from reputable retailers, but it’s vital to ensure that the cable meets safety and quality standards and is compatible with the vehicle’s charging capabilities.
Therefore, it’s always a good idea to check with the manufacturer or dealer to confirm what charging equipment is included with a new electric car purchase and with the seller when buying a second-hand electric vehicle.
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This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.
This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.
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We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.
We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.
Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.
Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.
A Surge Protection Device is not included in our standard installation.
What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.
If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.