Charging speeds and connectors
Making sense of public charging
There are many different types of charging units which charge at different speeds, and connector types vary around the world and across different vehicle manufacturers. For a detailed guide, see ZapMap’s page about EV connector types (opens in a new window).
Most public charging units in the UK are usually either “fast” or “rapid” chargers (although some “slow” chargers are also available, for example in lamp-post charging).
While wireless charging is an approach that could have significant potential for accessible charging, it is not yet widespread and still needs to be developed further before it can be a realistic, commonplace charging solution in public places. We therefore focus here on the standard, cable-based type of charging that is widely and increasingly available.
Take a look at our suggestions for making public EV charging more accessible