Slow charging an electric car – Almost all new electric cars (excluding the Renault Zoe) will arrive with 2 charging leads, a type 2 cable for plugging into EV charge points, and a 3-pin plug charging cable that you can connect to a regular domestic electricity socket. The 3-pin plug cable will charge your car at a maximum speed of 3kW, this is also sometimes called ‘slow charging’. Using this cable a Nissan LEAF with a 40kWh battery would take just over 13 hours to charge from flat to full.
3-pin plug cables are useful for slow charging an electric car if there is a gap between your car being delivered and your home charger being installed. They are also handy for topping up your charge when visiting friends and family who don’t have a home charger installed. We don’t recommend using a 3-pin cable as a long-term charging solution. If you need to use one though it is important you keep a watch on the socket temperature as if there are any loose connections this will get hot. Stop straight away if this happens.
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