A new European label for charging stations and electric cars


The European Union is introducing a new European label for charging stations and electric cars that will be registered after March 20. The initiative aims to quickly identify compatible charging stations

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The proliferation of electric cars, but also of charging stations, has led to the emergence of a new problem: the lack of a unitary standard for charging electric vehicles. The owner of an electric car can meet the situation of a multitude of types of charging stations – in direct current, in alternating current, different power thresholds and, last but not least, different types of connectors.

To simplify the charging procedure, each electric vehicle will need to be labeled so that the driver knows what type of socket is right for him. A similar labeling will apply to charging stations, so the pairing of those symbols should ensure an optimal experience for electric vehicle owners.

In addition to cars and charging stations, the new labels will be applied to charging cables, car operating manuals, but also charging systems sold together with the car or separately by the car manufacturer.

European label for electric cars. What you need to know

According to the new directive 2014/94 / EU, the vehicles concerned are those recently produced and registered after 20 March, in the following categories:

  • Mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles;
  • Cars;
  • Light commercial vehicles;
  • Heavy commercial vehicles;
  • Buses and coaches

The drawing on the new label is a hexagon with a letter indicating the type of charging socket to which the electric vehicle can be charged. Thus, machines that are charged from an AC outlet with a voltage of less than 250 V will be labeled with the symbol B and will have a Type 1 connector. For voltages up to 480 volts, use the Type 2 connector, the label on the vehicle being C, as well as on Type 2 charging stations. For Type 3-A and Type 3-B charging stations, respectively, the markings are D and E. respectively.

In the case of direct current charging stations, the letters allocated from K to O. Thus, FF type stations will receive vehicles marked with the letter K (voltages of 50 V – 500 V) or L (voltages of 200 V – 920 V ). AA stations have assigned the letters M and N for the same voltage ranges, while Type 2a stations accept cars marked with O (voltage 50 V – 500 V).


Source: Promotor by www.promotor.ro.

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