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Mennekes standard for electric car charging to take over soon.

Posted 4/21/2013


Looking at current crop of electric motors one might think that SAE J1772 standard is a winner.

Well ,looks like not for much longer.Since most of european car manufacturers have agreed of for Mennekes type plug to be the head honcho of electric car charging we are about to see plenty of new models coming with mennekes connection on board.

Now to recap - my current vehicle - Peugeot iOn uses SAE ,so is Nissan Leaf,current and incoming UK made model.

On the other hand we have incoming BMW i3,Renault ZOE,and plethora of VW group plug in vehicles (VW e-Golf,e-UP,A3 electric and all the PHEV audis) which all will be using mennekes.

This puts me in a bit of a strange position - lease on my iON is about to expire in 3 months time.Until then I have to make a decision and advise chargemaster what type of charging socket  I would like to have installed on my drive.

Standard SEA comes for free with 16 amps thethered cable,handy and will charge quicker then off the wall,but this will also mean that next car I will order will have to be Leaf.Not bad but a bit restricting.

Second option I have is to order 75 pounds upgrade to mennekes 32 amp socket.No tethered cable there but quicker charging for ZOE and german cars. But what if those cars are still not available to me and I will got a Leaf?

For a while I thought I will have to fork out 900 pounds for Mennekes to SAE cable from zerocarbonworld website.

But it seems like there are cheaper options - http://evconnectors.com/

Those guys offer 32 amp mennekes cable to SAE J1772 for 168 pounds !!!!

So in case I will get a new Leaf while getting Mennekes type socket installed I can even take advantage of faster (6.6kw) charging rates now available in new Leaf,sweat,problem sorted!

Some pictures to show what I am on about :

 

168 pounds cable to bridge 2 standards:                          SAE J1772:                                           Mennnekes:                                         

Mennekes type connection