The Plug Question has been answered
Those who are still afraid that they might not be able to charge their car at any charging station in Europe can now relax. Car manufacturers have agreed on a standard system. In Europe, this standard is called the type-2 plug. It uses three-phase AC and can deliver up to 22 kW of power at private charging points and up to 43 kW at public charging stations.
For even more power, as provided by fast charging stations, the type-2 plug features two additional power contacts for DC. This combination plug is called CCS (combined charging system). By combining AC and DC power, the charging capacity can be increased to up to 170 kW. So, if your navigation system guides you to one of these stations, the charging point will be equipped with that standard plug. For the purpose of illustration, a fast charging point can recharge a VW e-Golf with its 35.8 kWh battery while the driver enjoys a cup of coffee.
And very soon, it will be possible to charge electric cars with twice that power. Together with other manufacturers, the Volkswagen group founded the IONITY joint venture. The aim of this brand is the creation of a network of reliable and powerful charging stations along the main European thoroughfares. IONITY charging points offer up to 350 kW of power, leading to extremely short loading times and convenient operation. The time difference between charging a car and filling it up keeps shrinking.