SAE Combo (CCS): What does it mean?

The CCS plug is an enhanced version of the type 2 plug, with two additional power contacts for the purposes of quick charging, and supports AC and DC charging power levels (alternating and direct current charging power levels) of up to 170 kW. In practice, the value is usually around 50 kW.

SAE Combo (CCS): The long answer

SAE Combo (CCS) refers to a type of charging connector commonly used for electric vehicles in the UK. It stands for Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Combo and Combined Charging System (CCS).

The SAE Combo (CCS) connector is a standardised plug that enables both AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) charging. This means that it can be used for both home charging with AC power and fast charging at public charging stations with DC power.

In the UK, the SAE Combo (CCS) connector is widely adopted by electric vehicle manufacturers, making it convenient for UK drivers to charge their electric cars at various charging points across the country. It allows for faster charging times compared to AC charging, allowing drivers to quickly top up their vehicle's battery while on the go.

With the SAE Combo (CCS) connector, UK drivers can easily find compatible charging stations and enjoy the benefits of electric mobility, contributing to a greener and more sustainable transportation system.