Connectors on the Move

To support the increasing demand for low-power DC charging, the appropriate charging cables are already available globally in the Combined Charging System (CCS) Type 1 and Type 2 formats.

private homes where EV drivers would like to benefit from faster DC charging. Charging an EV at home can be done either with mains (utility) power or with DC power from a residential PV system. An additional application area is the charging of last-mile delivery vans or other fleet vehicles that have relatively short rest periods or need frequent recharging to complete their journey. The main advantage of using low-power DC charging instead of AC charging for an EV is the higher output and, thus, reduced charging times it enables. This new technology will lay the foundation for easy, everyday EV fast charging in semi-public and private areas. And it will gain even more importance with the increased adoption of electric vehicles in the coming years.


The new compact CCS charging connector has smaller dimensions and a much lower weight compared to the traditional “high-power” DC charging connectors. This modern and ergonomic design gives these compact CCS charging connectors a harmonized look, plus they are easier to handle in day-to-day use. Integrated highly sensitive temperature sensors measure heat generation in real time directly at the silver-plated DC contacts. In addition, a sophisticated interior sealing concept also provides superior protection against water entry for the current-conducting components in the charge connector. Their rugged, high-quality design provides reliable operation in wide ambient temperature ranges, such as outdoor applications for public DC charging stations.

The new compact CCS charging cables from Phoenix Contact allow cost-efficient fast charging at lower power levels, reducing charging times.

Applications for DC charging in the lower charging range are mainly found in semi-public areas and

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