Connectors on the Move


Manufacturers, installers, and operators of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment are running to keep up with the rapidly growing demand for charging infrastructure and the unpredictable nature of their industry. Electric vehicle supply equipment delivers power in a variety of ways and at different levels. All EVs can accept Type 1 and Type 2 AC, but they don’t all accept DC Fast Charge (DCFC). This issue affects the supply chain, from manufacturers of electric vehicle supply equipment to charge point operators and charge point installers. THE TWO MAIN TYPES OF EV Electric vehicles rely entirely on batteries for motive power. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles run on a battery some of the time, usually at low

speeds, and a conventional gas or diesel engine supplements the battery power. Hybrid vehicles are more common than EVs but, as battery technology advances, that could change. According to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, sales of hybrid vehicles grew by 24.9% in the last quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. Over the same timeframe, comparable EV sales fell by 1.8%. The U.S. market shows a similar trend. The Department of Energy reports that EVs were 73% of the 608,000 plug-in electric vehicles sold in 2021, nearly double the percentage in 2020. EV CHARGING BASICS Hybrid vehicles have small batteries, but the backup function of an internal combustion engine means they are not totally dependent on charger


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