Making sure you can successfully charge when you go to another owner's home is not difficult if you understand charging basics.
First, you need to be aware of whether the chargepoint has
- a tethered lead, in which case it can only charge the EV Type it is designed to fit. It will be a Type 1 or Type 2 chargepoint with tethered lead. Your car will be either Type 1 or Type 2 (see box below). The chargepoint lead and car have to be the same Type
- no tethered lead (also called 'untethered'), in which case you can plug in either a Type 1 or Type 2 car (see box below) providing you or the owner has the right cable available. All untethered home chargepoints have a Type 2 socket. You then need a cable that is either Type 2>Type 1 or Type 2>Type 2. If you are booking an untethered chargepoint, either you or the owner must have the correct cable for your Type of car. If an owner has a cable, they will list which Type they have - please check this carefully. If you arrive without a cable and the owner doesn't have the right one, you won't be able to charge!
Untethered chargepoints are therefore much more flexible if you are an EV owner wanting to let others use your charger.
The power rating of the chargepoint influences the charge time. Chargepoints are either 3.7kW (around 15 miles per hour of charge) or 7kW (around 30 miles per hour of charge). It also depends on other factors like the temperature and how full your battery already is. You should discuss this and make sure you are clear about the charge time you will be likely to need within the hours of your booking session when setting up the charge with the chargepoint owner/householder.
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|Type 1 (J1772 - 5 pin) Connector||Type 2 (Mennekes - 7 pin) Connector|
|BMW C Evolution Scooter||Audi A3 e-tron|
|Chevrolet Volt||BMW 225xe|
|Citroen C-Zero||BMW 330e iPerformance|
|Fiat 500e||BMW i3|
|Ford AZD Connect VAN||BMW i8|
|Ford Focus Electric||BMW X5|
|Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid||BYD e6|
|Kia Soul EV||Hyundai IONIQ|
|Mia electric||Jaguar I-Pace S|
|Mitsubishi i-MieV||Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive|
|Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||Mercedes C350 Plug-in Hybrid|
|Nissan e-NV200||Mercedes S550 Plug-in Hybrid|
|Nissan LEAF Pre-2018||Mercedes Vito E-CELL|
|Peugeot iOn||Nissan LEAF 2018|
|Renault Fluence Z.E.||Porsche Cayenne S E-hybrid|
|Renault Kangoo Z.E.||Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid|
|Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid||Renault Zoe|
|Vauxhall Ampera||Smart electric drive|
|Tesla Model S|
|Tesla Model X|
|Volkswagen Golf GTE|
|Volkswagen Passat GTE|
|Volvo XC90 T8|