New Edition of IEC 62196-1 Published

Electric car reloading/charging on Amsterdam

A new edition has been published by the International Electrotechnical Commission for IEC 62196-1. IEC 62196-1:2014 applies to “Plugs, socket-outlets, vehicle connectors and vehicle inlets – Conductive charging of electric vehicles – Part 1: General requirements.” The update is now available for purchase on the IEC website.


“IEC 62196-1:2014 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.

This third edition cancels and replaces the second edition published in 2011 and constitutes a technical revision. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition:

a) addition of a preferred operating voltage of 1 000 V d.c.;

b) addition of a preferred rated current of 80 A d.c.;

c) addition of a provision for a combined interface a.c./d.c.;

d) description of d.c. configurations (previously under consideration);

e) addition of requirements pertaining to the locking mechanism, the interlock and the latching device;

f) addition of a test for accessories not suitable for making and breaking an electrical circuit under load;

g) addition of requirements and tests for insulated end caps.”

*Description from IEC website.