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How To Charge your Electric Car or EV in Public

Easy and convenient EV charging in public

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So you want to know how to charge your electric car in public anytime, anywhere?

One of the great benefits of an electric car (or EV as we often like to call them) is your ability to charge at public charging stations, in convenient locations, while you enjoy the time spent doing other things. Many of these ev public charging stations are conveniently located in shopping centres or near cafe's so you can charge your electric vehicle while you shop, eat or catch up with friends. Forget queuing up at a petrol station, you can park, plug in your ev, and enjoy your day.

The best apps for charging your electric car 

Your best friend when it comes to charging your EV in public is Plugshare Australia.

You can download the app, or use their website to find all the electric vehicle public charging stations near you. This can also help you plan a road trip, working out where to stop and recharge along the way. It’s a comprehensive list of all public EV charging stations across Australia, and gives you all the information you need regarding plug types and accessibility.


You may also want to download and sign up to Chargestar, EVie and Everty


Here's what you need to charge from a Type 2 or untethered public electric car charging station

Most public charge stations are universal, or untethered, meaning they don’t have their own cable. This reduces the chances of any damage to cables that may not be placed neatly back once someone has finished charging (think air hoses at petrol stations). This does however mean you will need to bring your own cable to use them.

What cable do I need? By far the most common socket type in Australia (where the plug goes into the charger) is Type 2 (also known as Mennekes).

What does that mean for you?

If your car has a Type 1 plug (or J1772), you will most often need a T2-T1 cable. Type 1 cars include most Nissan Leafs, Mitsubishi PHEV, most BMW and Mercedes electric vehicles and PHEVs

If your car has a Type 2 plug, you will need a T2-T2 cable. For Type 2 cars think Tesla, Hyundai Kona and Ioniq, Renault and Jaguar I-Pace.