ModulEV Modular European & Scandinavian charger extension system (TESLA Compatible)

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These adaptors are compatible with all Tesla Mobile Connectors/UMCs (Gen 1 and 2). For all other EVs using a 13A UK plug, please refer to our standard ModulEV system.

Identifying the Mobile Connector Type

The Mobile Connector (previously known as the Universal Mobile Connector/UMC) is the portable charger supplied with each Tesla, often known as the 'granny charger'. Prior to around January 2019, Tesla's were supplied with the generation 1 Mobile Connector, before changing to the generation 2. The two different versions provide distinctly different power input options:

  • In addition to the UK 13A plug adaptor, Gen 1 has a 32A input, whilst gen 2 has 16A.
  • Unlike gen 1, generation 2 units are not affected by reverse polarity. This means that polarity reversal adaptors are not required.

Generation 1

  • Provided with all model S and X Teslas until around January 2019.
  • Single or 3 phase charging (with red CEE plug additional adaptor).
  • 2.3kW - 11kW (3 phase only).
  • 13A UK plug.
  • Can be identified by measuring the diameter (57mm) of the 32A CEE blue commando plug.

Generation 2

  • Provided with all Model S and X Teslas from around January 2019, and with all Model 3s.
  • Single phase charging.
  • 2.3kW - 3.7kW.
  • 7kW with 32A additional adaptor (not supplied).
  • 13A UK plug.
  • Can be identified by measuring the diameter (43mm) of the 16A CEE blue commando plug.
  • The adaptor socket is an integral part of the main unit.


      Choosing the Correct Socket Unit

      Use the table below to select the correct ModulEV socket unit for your specific Mobile Connector. If you are unsure, measure the diameter of the blue plug that connects to your Tesla Mobile Connector.


      Tesla plug 57mm diameter

      Generation 1 - 32A ModulEV Socket Unit

      The challenge with the Gen 1 Mobile Connector, is that the charging current is automatically set to 32A when using the 32A plug adaptor. When travelling abroad the only options have previously been:

      • Use the 13A UK plug Mobile Connector lead with an adaptor. This has the major disadvantage of limiting the charging current to 10A, when 16A is available from most domestic sockets across Europe.
      • Use the 32A Mobile Connector lead with a straight adaptor to the European 16A plug required. The risk with this approach is that to avoid potential significant overloading (and therefore over heating) of the adaptor, the user must always remember to dial down the charging current to below 16A.

      The ModulEV 32A socket unit finally provides a more satisfactory solution. The IP55 rated Italian made GEWISS enclosure contains a thermal circuit breaker. Should the user ever forget to dial the current down to below 16A, the circuit breaker button will pop up, disconnecting the power. Simply wait around 1 minute and press the circuit breaker button back down to reset. The unit's indicator light turns off if the circuit breaker trips.

      Tesla plug 43mm diameter

      Generation 2 - 16A ModulEV Socket Unit

      The 16A socket unit plugs into the Tesla 16A Mobile Connector adaptor and enables connection to the rest of the ModulEV range.

      Generation 1 & 2 - 13A ModulEV Socket Unit

      When using the ModulEV system in the UK, the 13A socket unit enables the Tesla Mobile Connector's 13A plug to be connected, ensuring that the current is automtically limited to 10A. The IP66 weatherproof rating is also far more suited to the great British weather.

      Whilst not recommended, the Gen 1 (32A) or Gen 2 (16A) adaptors above may be used, but the charging current must reduced to 10A, otherwise the fuse in the 13A plug will blow.

      Using the Mobile Connector in Europe and Scandinavia

      Using the Mobile Connector in the UK is relatively simple, as there are generally only domestic 13A or commercial 16A CEE sockets. In contrast, charging abroad can be a confusing minefield, with a need to navigate a range of different sockets which look deceptively similar, yet may be in incompatible with some plugs, even when they physically fit together.

      Following extensive research and customer feedback, we developed the Tesla compatible version of our ModulEV® EV charging system. ModulEV® is a modular system, which enables the charging of an EV using domestic and commercial sockets across the UK, Europe and Scandinavia. It provides a unique, simple, cost effective, compact and expandable solution:

      • Use the appropriate ModulEV socket unit for the generation of Mobile Connector. Plug the Tesla 32A (Gen 1) or 16A (Gen 12) Mobile Connector lead into the ModulEV® socket unit. A 13A weatherproof socket option is also available for use in the UK. 
      • Connect the required adaptor to the ModulEV® socket unit, by simply pushing the connectors together and twisting to lock. The ModulEV® universal CEE7/7 plug adaptor, can be connected to both Schuko and French sockets, providing a single solution for the majority of Europe and Scandinavia.
      • If a longer cable is required, use any combination of ModulEV® modular extension cables, up to a maximum of 25m. Leads with an in-line RCD are available for extra protection (Where required, only 1 RCD is needed per set up).
        • Plug the adaptor into the compatible socket.
        • Charge at up to 16A (limited to 10A when using the UK adaptor).

        Modular Design

        Each ModulEV® socket unit is fitted with a weatherproof IP65 modular connector. Following an extensive search for a suitable connector and months of testing, we chose this one as it is widely being adopted as the universal standard for stage/event lighting. Its compact size (it can easily pass through a letter box or other restricted space), reliability and unique twist/lock design, make it ideal for this application.

        The connector enables the ModulEV® system to be expanded with a range of other modular components as your travels progress. All adaptor leads and modular extension leads are compatible across the standard and Tesla compatible ModulEV ranges. 


        Typical Applications

        1. The picture below illustrates a typical application with a Tesla Gen 2 Mobile Connector fitted with the Tesla 230v 16A plug cable. It is connected to a Schuko socket using the Schuko/French universal adaptor and the ModulEV Tesla Gen 2 16A compatible socket.

        2. When travelling to Switzerland the Schuko/French adaptor is removed by simply pressing the button on the ModulEV connector and turning it 90 degrees. The Swiss 16A adaptor is then connected; a change which takes a matter of seconds.

        3. In Denmark the socket is further away from the EV, so a 10m modular extension cable is used in between the Danish adaptor and the ModulEV Tesla compatible socket.

        Adaptor Options

        Schuko

        French

        Universal Schuko/French Adaptor

        The universal CEE 7/7 adaptor fits both Schuko and French types sockets and is the main adaptor required for the majority of Europe and Scandinavia.

        Traditional Italian Socket

        New Bipasso Socket

        Italian Adaptors 10A and 16A

        Historically Italy has had its own specific socket, available in 10A and 16A versions. However, many buildings now have the Bipasso/Schuko socket, which can be used with both Italian (10A & 16A) and Schuko plugs.

        The universal Schuko/French adaptor will therefore work anywhere in Italy where the Bipasso/Schuko socket is available. However the challenge may be in older buildings, where only traditional Italian sockets are provided. 

        Whilst many sockets in Italy will accept both 10A and 16A plugs, some will only accept one type, so for complete peace of mind both adaptors would be required. Please note that use of the 10A adaptor will limit charging to under 10A and this must be dialled down on your EV. The 10A adaptor has a white plug with warning label to highlight this.

        Swiss Adaptor

        Switzerland and Liechtenstein use their own specific socket, available in 10A and 16A versions. 10A plugs can be inserted into 16A sockets, but the reverse is not possible. 

        For complete peace of mind both adaptors would be required. Please note that use of the 10A adaptor will limit charging to below 10A and this must be dialled down on your EV. The 10A adaptor has a white plug with warning label to highlight this.

        Danish Adaptor

        Denmark and Greenland use their own 16A socket. Whilst the socket looks similar to a Schuko/French socket, they must not be used together. Although they will fit, the earth will not be connected, which is extremely hazardous for EV charging. The Danish adaptor must be used for these sockets.

        From 2008 French sockets were allowed to be fitted in Denmark, with Schuko sockets supported from 2011. The universal Schuko/French adaptor will therefore work in Denmark where either of these sockets are fitted. Data on their prevalence is not available, and so it is likely that in many places a Danish adaptor will still be required.

        Modular Extension Cables

        Modular extension cables can be used to extend the ModulEV® adaptor. More than one lead can be connected together up to 25m, to enable expansion over time.

        Modular Extension Cables + RCD

        Modular extension cable fitted with an in-line RCD. An RCD is a life-saving device which is designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock if you come into contact with a live wire or current. RCDs offer a level of personal protection that ordinary fuses and circuit-breakers cannot provide.

        Where an RCD is indicated, only one is required per set up.

        Polarity Reversal Adaptor (Gen 1 only)

        The Gen 1 unit is affected by reverse polarity - see our guide for further information. A polarity reversal adaptor may be required to connect the polarity of the supply. The issue generally only affects French and CEE IEC60309 16A sockets.

        Tesla Gen 2 Mobile Connectors are immune to reverse polarity and therefore this adaptor is not required.


        UK 13A Sockets

        The ModulEV UK 13A plug adaptor enables the system to be used as an extension lead within the UK.

        It is recommended that it is used in conjunction with ModulEV 13A socket unit. If the Tesla compatible 16A socket unit is used, the charging current must be set to 10A, as this will not occur automatically.

        230v 16A CEE Adaptor

        Found at campsites and marinas across the UK.

        230v 32A CEE Adaptor

        Commonly used in industrial locations and power installations at temporary sites.

        The ModulEV system can be connected using the 230v 32A to16A MCB protected adaptor.

        Cheaper straight 32A to 16A adaptors without an MCB (circuit breaker) are available on-line. These must never be used due to the risk of significant over-heating if a fault develops.

          415v 16A CEE Adaptor

          Commonly used in industrial locations and power installations at temporary sites.

          The ModulEV system can be connected using the 415v 16A to 230v 16A adaptor.

          415v 32A CEE Adaptor

          Commonly used in industrial locations and power installations at temporary sites.

          The ModulEV system can be connected using the 415v 32A to 16A MCB protected adaptor.

          Cheaper straight 32A to 16A adaptors without an MCB (circuit breaker) are available on-line. These must never be used due to the risk of significant over-heating if a fault develops. 

             

            The Electrical Safety First website provides a fantastic resource to check the type of sockets used in any county worldwide. For more technical information, the Digital Museum of Plugs and Sockets provides a fascinating resource.

            Specification

            ModulEV 32A Tesla Gen 1 Compatible Socket Unit Specification

            • Splash proof IP44 rated 230v 32A socket, compatible with the Tesla Gen 1 32A Mobile Connector adaptor.
            • Weatherproof IP65 modular connector.
            • Weatherproof IP55 rated (when lid shut) Italian made GEWISS enclosure containing a 16A Thermal resettable circuit breaker and power indicator light.
            • 0.3m (input and output) 2.5mmsq cable.
            • Industrial specification H07RN-F rubber cable, specifically manufactured for harsh environments with high mechanical, chemical, water and UV resistance. Flexibility and performance is retained over a wide temperate range (-25 to 55°C). Find out what’s so special about this cable
            • PAT tested.

            ModulEV 16A Tesla Gen 2 Compatible Socket Unit Specification

            • Splash proof IP44 rated high quality German manufactured Menneke 230v 16A socket, compatible with the Tesla Gen 2 16A Mobile Connector adaptor.
            • Weatherproof IP65 modular connector.
            • 0.3m 2.5mmsq cable.
            • Industrial specification H07RN-F rubber cable, specifically manufactured for harsh environments with high mechanical, chemical, water and UV resistance. Flexibility and performance is retained over a wide temperate range (-25 to 55°C). Find out what’s so special about this cable
            • PAT tested.

            ModulEV 13A Tesla Compatible Socket Unit Specification

            • Weatherproof IP66 rated high quality 13A socket, compatible with all UK EV 'granny charger' 13A plugs.
            • Socket can be locked shut with a small padlock with a maximum diameter of 5.5mm (not included).
            • Weatherproof IP65 modular connector.
            • 0.3m 2.5mmsq cable.
            • PAT tested.

            ModulEV Adaptors Specification

            • 0.3m of the largest diameter H07RN-F rubber cable which will safely fit the specific plug: 
              • 2.5mmsq - IEC 230v (16A), IEC 415v (16A), universal Schuko/French adaptor (16A)
              • 1.5mmsq - Danish adaptor (16A), Italian adaptor (16A), Swiss adaptor (16A)
              • 1mmsq - Italian adaptor (10A), Swiss adaptor (10A)
            • Weatherproof IP65 modular connector.
            • PAT tested.

            If you require an adaptor which is not listed, please do get in touch, as we can make adaptors for almost any international socket, many from stock.