In this article, we will go over some basic information owners of EVs with a CCS charging plug need to know. This is information that even technicians at a car dealership might not know.
If an error occurs, the cable must always be disconnected
Every time the charger gives an error message, the CCS cable must be disconnected from the car and then reconnected.
The CCS charging standard allows very fast charging, but this benefit comes with some downsides as well. To provide such fast charging, the charging cable must be able to handle high capacities. As a result, the cables are very heavy and unwieldy. Heavy and bulky cables can come loose or fall out of the charging connector more easily, and this prevents effective charging. If this happens, the charger senses that the contact is insufficient and sends an error message or does not start charging at all.
To prevent this, when connecting the cable always hold it against the car until you feel that the cable is locked. Please note: some charging stations do not lock until you have authorized them to.
In this way, you prevent the problems caused by the cable falling out.
On the other hand, sometimes the cable may be connected so tightly that it can’t be pulled out (it will seemlike the cable is locked even when it isn’t).
If you have this problem, lift the cable a little to relieve the tension and then pull it out.
The cable is always locked by the car
While the CHAdeMO charging connector is locked by the charger, it is the opposite case for the CCS standard. Without exception, the charging cable is always locked by the car. Therefore, if you are having trouble unlocking the charging cable, read the next section below titled “The charging cable is locked and I can’t get it out” to understand how to unlock it for your EV type.
The charging cable is locked and I can’t get it out
CCS, Type 2, and Type 1 standard connectors
With these types of charging cable, the cable is always locked by the car. Therefore, in order to unlock the charging cable, it must be released by the vehicle. In general, this can be done by pressing the door unlock button on the car key 2-3 times. Here are specific instructions for different makes of car:
Volkswagen, Škoda, Audi: Press the door unlock button 2x or wait 5 min.
Opel Ampera-e: Hold down the charging slot lock button on the car key.
Tesla: Release the cable via the vehicle’s internal screen. In extreme cases, use the emergency trigger on the left side of the luggage compartment.
Citroen, Peugeot, Opel: The cable should unlock automatically. If it does not, press the button to unlock the doors 2-3 times.
Renault, Nissan: Use the button for opening the loading hatch on the left dashboard inside the vehicle to unlock the cable.
Hyundai, Kia: Press the door unlock button on the car key.
Make sure the charging is complete.
The cable unlocks automatically. However, if this does not happen, that means the locking mechanism is jammed. A technician must come to the site and release the cable manually.