Electrical driving

Introduction

Our charging cables for electric and plug-in hybrid cars have been designed to allow you to safely charge your car in any type of environment and under varying weather conditions. For a charging current of 16 amperes, our charging cable copper conductors measure 2.5 millimetres in diameter and 6.0 millimetres in diameter for a charging current of 32 amperes. Our charging cables are available in either straight or coil versions. The charging cables for an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid car are identical.

In Europe, the Type 2 plug has been selected as standard for charging electric vehicles. The Type 2 connector for the car side (female) is a feature in cars that are manufactured in Europe. There is always a Type 2 (male) at the charging station. You can never be mistaken, as both plugs have their own unique measurements and only fit the car or the charging station.

            

JAZZY2GO charging cables are CE-TÜV approved and are only to be used for charging electric cars (EVs) to Mode 3 charging stations according to ISO Standard 17409 and IEC Standard 61851. All of our plugs (with the exception of the Type 1 plug) are filled with a heat spreading synthetic resin and are made from the finest quality materials. A flame extinguishing synthetic in the highest fire classification V-O. While charging, our cables have protection rating IP44.

All plugs have an ergonomically shaped handgrip and are fitted with an extra long rubber cable plug tube to prevent the charging cable from becoming damaged. The plugs are also fitted with rubber caps to protect from them dirt and moisture when not in use. Our charging cables come in a synthetic carrier bag along with two microfiber gloves for drying and cleaning the cable and plug(s) after use.

 

 

Charging capacity

The charging capacity is determined by the diameters of the wires in the charging cable. In order to prevent using an overly high charging current in the Type 2 cable, a resistance between earth pin ‘PE’ and signal pin ‘PP’ has been built into both plugs.  The ohm value of this resistance determines how much current the charging station can issue. This is the passive system.

Mode 3

A more active function in determining the optimum charging current is provided by communication between the car and the charging station via signal pin ‘CP’. This pin first detects whether the charging station and the car can communicate in Mode 3 charging protocol.

Earthing

Earthing is an important safety measure. In case of errors or malfunctions in the car or the charging station, this wire (the ground fault circuit breaker) will deactivate the charging station.

Unlocking mechanism

One of the important functions of the charging cable is to protect the link/connection between the car and the charging station by means of a locking mechanism. In Type 2 plugs this is done by an electronic locking mechanism in the charging station and in the car itself. Type 1 plugs do not have this functionality.

Choosing the correct charging cable

There are two important factors to take into consideration when making your choice: the charger in your car and the charging conditions. The charger in your car has a certain capacity displayed in kilowatts. Choose a charging cable that corresponds to the charging capacity in your car.

Our website provides different ways to help you find the most suitable charging cable; use the selection guide to search according to car brand and type or battery power. Under the tab ‘Products’ you will you find the charger cable types displayed in various lengths and designs.

Abbreviations

The abbreviations refer to different types of electric cars. EV stands for Electric Vehicle. The other abbreviations indicate the type of electric power the car drives on.

PHEV = Plugin Hybrid EV. Plugin hybrids have two parallel-switched motors: a conventional combustion engine and an electric motor. This allows you to choose how the car is driven. You can drive with one of the engines or with both, meaning that at low speeds, the electric motor operates the car and at higher speeds, the combustion engine takes over. The beauty of this is that the electric motor operates exactly at times when a combustion engine uses the most consumption and resulting emissions (starting the engine, breaking and accelerating often).

Extended Range EV (with a range extender). A range extender is a small combustion engine that runs on gasoline or diesel and charges the battery. This allows the car to drive much further than possible on battery alone. Unlike the hybrid car, which runs on both battery and combustion engine, the range extender only charges the battery.

FEV/BEV = Fully Electric Vehicle or Battery Electric Vehicle. These are fully electric cars that run on electricity alone. What makes them so sustainable is the fact that they produce absolutely no emissions. Also, the batteries are often larger and therefore the range is bigger (number of viable kilometres). In addition, these cars are much quieter than hybrid cars.