The connectors used in electric vehicles, both on bikes and in cars, are very different. There is no one standard, so that each manufacturer is choosing its own.
This connector was designed by the German distributor of connectors Mennekes. Currently is not being used on many vehicles, but the novelty is incorporated in the new Renault ZOE.
The Scame connector was born in 2010, is the product of an alliance called EV Plug Alliance, formed by manufacturers Scame (Italian company), Schneider Electric (from USA) and Legrand (France).
Is a type 3 plug, according to IEC. It allows up to a power of 22KW. Nowadays, any incorporates this kind connector, but the Wall-Box of Schneider Electric will have it. Also, the cable offering has access to SAE J1772 or Mennekes.
It was developed in the U.S. by the Society of Automotive Engineers.
It is the ultimate connector for electric cars, because they incorporate the following models:
· Nissan Leaf
• Chevrolet Volt
• Fisker Karma
• Coda Automotive sedan
• Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
• Mitsubishi i MiEV
• Honda Fit EV (concept)
• Ford Focus Electric
• Smart electric drive
• Tesla Roadster
• Tesla Model S
• OKA NEV ZEV AC
• Th!nk City
• Renault Kangoo Z.E. (230 V – 16 A max.)
• Renault Fluence Z.E.
• BMW ActiveE
SAE J1772 is an ordinary socket, which has the typical shots current, phase and neutral (plus ground) any phase plug. But this socket is special becausa have two plugs for increasing the communication system between the vehicle and the charging point. Furthermore, its design is thought to stop any unautorized access.