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The right cable for your electric car

You have numerous options for charging your electric car - from charging points at home to dc fast charging stations, which are now available everywhere in germany

The spontaneous solution: a mains plug

1,8 kW


Charging at a conventional household socket is the simplest charging solution: no installation is necessary and the matching Mode 2 charging cable (Type 2, up to 1.8 kW) comes as standard with your electric car. Advantage: You remain flexible at all times. Disadvantage: Sockets and especially the cables are not designed for permanent charging of an electric car. 

 

The communication between the vehicle and the charging port is made possible by the so-called In-Cable Control Box (ICCB). It ensures safety during the entire charging process.

This charging solution is the right one for you if...

 

... you own a Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) that can be charged overnight... you can't find a public charging station and have to charge at a friend's house, for example..

... du einen Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) besitzt, der über Nacht aufgeladen werden kann2

 

For regular charging of your electric car, however, we recommend one of our wallboxes.

Power-optimised charging: the green'up system from legrand.

3,7 kW

 

The Green'up socket from Legrand is a power-optimised socket and offers maximum performance with reduced charging times with a maximum of 16 A charging current and, depending on the variant, charging powers of 3.7 to 22 KW. The charging stations can be operated via app and Bluetooth.

 

To be able to use the full power of this socket, you also need a power-optimised charging cable3. This is the only way to ensure maximum charging power and guarantee fast, safe charging without overheating.

 

Our partner Inno2Grid will be happy to take care of the complete installation for you. <link to local Installation Partner Landingpage>
 

 

This charging solution is the right one for you if...

 

 ...you usually drive well under 200 km a day.

...you charge your car less often at home than, for example, at work.

 ...you own a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) that can be charged in 4 hours2.

Accelerated charging: at home or on the move

7,4 kW / 11 kW

 

Want to charge your electric car faster at home? Then a wallbox is just the thing for you. It can be mounted on the wall or on a stand.

 

Opel offers a choice of wallboxes and Smart Wallboxes <link to Wall Boxes section> that fit the charging unit in your electric car (On-Board Charger, OBC) - they are single-phase or three-phase.

 

By the way: our partner Inno2Grid is not only the best choice for  installation, they also offer you the perfect service for your charging solution <link to local Installation Partner Landing page>.

 

Tip: Wallboxes usually come with a permanently installed Mode 3 charging cable. So  you can also charge your electric car when you need to at a public AC charging station, it's best to always have this cable with you.

 

You can find our large network of charging stations throughout Europe here: Free2Move Services <link to local Free2Move services>.

 

This charging solution is the right one for you if...

 

 ... you regularly charge an electric car at home or on the road.

... you want to recharge the energy used during the day overnight.

The all-rounder: the universal charger

1,8 kW - 22 kW

 

With the Universal Charger, everything is possible: you can charge at household sockets, industrial sockets (installation required) and public AC charging stations.

 

The Universal Charger offers a power of up to 22 kW - provided you have a 3-phase industrial socket (CEE16, three-phase current). If you connect it to a conventional household socket, it offers the power of a mode 2 charging cable.

 

Adapters for different socket types are available in the Opel+ Online Accessories Catalogue. <link to local Opel+ Accessories catalogue>

 

This charging solution is the right one for you if...

 

 ...you can comfortably charge overnight at home.

...you make full use of the range of your electric car and then charge it at home.

... you use the universal charging cable at home like a wallbox.

... you sometimes travel longer distances and want to take the universal charging cable with you to charge wherever you find a suitable socket.

 

Tip: If you regularly charge on the road, we recommend a wallbox for home and a Mode 3 charging cable for on the road.

Opel charging accessories for electric cars

To keep you flexible at all times, it is important to be able to charge your electric car wherever possible. The options range from conventional sockets to permanently installed charging stations such as wallboxes to fast charging stations. We explain which different charging cables are available and where you can buy them.

Find out which charging cable your Opel electric car needs here.

Everything about charging cables & plugs

UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ABOUT CHARGING CABLES & PLUGS.

All Opel electric cars come with a Type 2 charging cable as standard - ensuring easy charging right from the start. Because different charging solutions suit different mobility profiles, you can find a selection of different charging cable types in our Opel accessories catalogue. We explain exactly which cables you really need.

WHICH CHARGING CABLE IS BEST SUITABLE FOR WHAT?

The basic household cable (type 2) is ideal for simple charging using a household socket. However, you should only charge there if there is no other option.

The extended household cable (3.7 kW) is a good option for recharging at home - especially if you drive less than 200 km per day and tend to charge your car on the road.

These two basic cables are also good for plug-in hybrids, as their smaller batteries can be fully charged in just 4 hours.

Single-phase or 3-phase type 3 cables are ideal if you rely on public charging stations, for example because you can't install a charger at home. By the way, the 3-phase cable enables faster charging.

Universal charging cables with matching adapters can be used everywhere - on the road, at household or industrial sockets.

WHAT IS A TYPE 2 CHARGING CABLE?

The basic household cable (type 2) is supplied as standard with your Opel electric car. It can be plugged into any socket, so it's ideal if you have no other way of getting to a charging station. The type 2 charging cable cannot convert alternating current into direct current like a wallbox. This therefore takes place within the electric car itself and therefore takes more time. Type 2 charging cables are also suitable for plug-in hybrids because the battery is smaller and can be charged overnight. They can also be connected to a wallbox.

HOW DO I CHARGE MY ELECTRIC CAR?

Regardless of whether you charge your electric car at a wallbox at home or at a fast charging station on the road, the following points must be observed during each charging process.

 

  1.  switch off the engine.
  2. If you are charging at a public charging station, you must now register or authorise yourself (via app, with a charging card or via the QR code on the charging station).
  3. open the cover, connect the car and the charging station (either with your own cable or that of the station).
  4. start the charging process online, in the app or at your wallbox.
  5. When the desired charge level is reached, you can stop charging - if the battery is full, charging stops automatically.
  6. Now log off at a public charging station.
  7. disconnect the charging station from the vehicle. First unplug the vehicle!
  8. start the engine - have a good trip!

 

Tip: Park as close as possible to the station so that no one can trip over the charging cable.

 

If you have a garage and prefer powerful charging because you regularly make longer journeys and want to be able to charge flexibly everywhere, we recommend a universal charger with adapters for:

  • Household socket (1,8 kW)
  • Public charging stations(7,4 kW/11 kW)
  • Industrial socket (CEE 16, 3-phase)

 

Do you need frequent and fast charging - both at home and on the road? Then we recommend

  • Basic household cable
  • Type 3 charging cable
  • Wallbox or Smart Wallbox