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IEC 62196-1

3rd Edition, June 2014

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Plugs, socket-outlets, vehicle connectors and vehicle inlets – Conductive charging of electric vehicles – Part 1: General requirements



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This part of IEC 62196 is applicable to plugs, socket-outlets, vehicle connectors, vehicle inlets and cable assemblies for electric vehicles, herein referred to as "accessories", intended for use in conductive charging systems which incorporate control means, with a rated operating voltage not exceeding

– 690 V a.c. 50 Hz to 60 Hz, at a rated current not exceeding 250 A,

– 1 500 V d.c. at a rated current not exceeding 400 A.

These accessories are intended to be installed by instructed persons (IEC 60050-195:1998, IEC 60050-195/AMD1:2001, 195-04-02) or skilled persons (IEC 60050-195:1998, IEC 60050- 195/AMD1:2001, 195-04-01) only.

These accessories and cable assemblies are intended to be used for circuits specified in IEC 61851-1 which operate at different voltages and frequencies and which may include extra-low voltage and communication signals.

These accessories and cable assemblies are to be used at an ambient temperature between –30 °C and +50 °C.

NOTE 1 In some countries, other requirements may apply.

NOTE 2 the following countries, –35 °C applies: SE.

These accessories are intended to be connected only to cables with copper or copper-alloy conductors.

The accessories covered by this part of IEC 62196 are for use in certain modes of charging electric vehicles. These modes are defined in IEC 61851-1. These definitions and a description of the types of connection (cases A, B and C), are described in IEC 61851-1:2010, 6.2 and 6.3.1.

NOTE 3 In the following countries, mode 1 will not be allowed: UK, US, CA, SG.

This part of IEC 62196 does not apply to those standardised accessories used in charging systems where the use of such accessories constructed to the requirements of other standards is permitted (e.g. in mode 1 and mode 2). Such standardized accessories may be used for those situations (mode and case) identified in IEC 61851-1.

This part of IEC 62196 may be used as a guide for accessories with a lesser number of contacts and lower ratings for use with light duty vehicles.