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EV Charging Power & Data Cables

EV Charging Cables



With the looming climate crisis, and the UK government’s stated aim for all new UK road cars to be fully electric by 2030, motorists and the haulage industry are experiencing unprecedented technological change. While the environmental benefits of electric vehicles are self-evident, even a phased replacement of ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles poses huge challenges.

Chief amongst these is the requirement for reliable and widespread EV charging power infrastructure. Electric vehicle charging can be broadly broken down into four levels of ascending charging speed:

  • Level 1: “Granny” mains chargers, used as fallback where no other option is available. Plug directly into domestic mains sockets.
  • Level 2: AC wall charging points, professionally installed for domestic use.
  • Level 3: DC public charging station fast chargers, usually found in specialist charging stations or forecourts.
  • Level 4: MW range industrial chargers, for HGVs etc.

Whilst the capacity, delivery, and speed of charge from EV charger to vehicle connection may be different, all four levels share similar infrastructure:

  • AC Plug form factor is either 5-pin Type 1 (found more commonly on PHEVs and older EVs) or newer 7-pin Type 2 (European standard, found on newer EVs). DC plug form factor is 7-pin Type 2 (European standard).
  • As well as supplying power from charger to battery, modern installations include a data connection between the electric vehicle, charger, and IOT software apps provided by the manufacturer. These cables must be flexible and durable enough to withstand the rigours of daily use - such as Cleveland Cable Company's ConnectEV H07BZ5-F, designed specifically for this application.
  • Connecting the charger to a domestic or commercial power supply and an internet access point again requires specialist combination cables. These cables may be armoured (if additional mechnical protection is required) or unarmoured (if installed within ducts or conduits). Examples of these cables include Cleveland Cable Company’s ConnectEV armoured power plus CAT5e and ConnectEV unarmoured power plus CAT5e.
  • Beyond the domestic or commercial installation, connection to the National Grid is carried by DNO and Independent Connection Provider cables.

As the UK’s largest supplier of cables and cable accessories, Cleveland Cable Company’s ConnectEV range of electric vehicle charging power and data infrastructure cables provides industry-leading interconnections for all installation types. Additionally, we can supply all types of power cable for delivery from generating station to vehicle connection.