Here in Carinthia/Austria, a mayor regional utility are installing charge columns with the 7-pole "Mennekes" plug (female).
Where can I get the associated 7-pole plug (male) in order to build an adapter cable? I've not yet succeeded in tracking down any part or standard no from Mennekes. This seems to become the new European standard connector for charging of EVs.
Charging will be free until 2011 but later on a roaming contract will be required, authorizing the vehicle via GSM or so it seems.
Here in Holland this plug will also become the standard. I would suggest that all european Vectrix owners ask their importer to introduce an adapter to convert the mennekens to whatever is on the end of the cord now.
Can we clarify what we'rew talking about? Mennekes is simply a manufacturer of many plug types and industrial switrchgear. Until I saw this thread, I've never heard of the, In the UK, we have manufacturers like Crabtree, MK and Volex - all of which manufacture a wide range of plugs, so using Mennekes as a description is neither accurate or relevant.
What IS required is the information whether this is a Single Phase or Three Phase connector. If thew latter, how many pins, and finally whether it is to fit within a spalshproof or waterproof socket. Once you know this, then it is easy to identify the plug type (which can be from a variety of brands).
Of course, the Vectrix is only a single phase device, so use of 3-phase sockets it possible, but only one phase is used to rewcharge the Vectrix. As for wiring in 'a resistor' comes across as non standard, and not part of the plug spec.
Is this the plug you refer?
If so, this is the socket it connects to:
Both these products are an international standard, cope with 63amp (on 3-phase) and these ones are made by MK.
My original thread on 3-phase use is here;
Thanks for the update.
I've seen this before - it IS a 3-phase hybrid plug, that ONLY works with dedicated switchgear that will interrupt the supply should any fault conditions exist (no amperage draw, water, disconnection etc. I also gather that it is the vehicle that identifies itself to the charging post in order to 'unlock' the juice and provide an ID as to who the user is. This will be ued for centralised charging (billing!) should this be required at a later stage. There has been a number of proprietary systems talked about, and this looks like the Mercedes 'sponsored' version.
From previous experience, I believe they will control these plugs, selling only complete cable sets, to connect with the relevant cars authorised to use it.
For Vectrix users, this unfortunately may be a socket too far - and not appropriate for our use.
another great research, thanks!
How much did you pay for it?
Sorry to wake up this old thread but my Dutch e-laad charging card has arrived which means I can now also charge at all the car chargepoints.
However I will need to get the correct cable...
E-laad also uses this mennekens device (type 2 mode 3) so I would appreciate if any experience whether the cable from Wolfgang would work and if so how I could get hold of one :-)
Wolfgang, is there a partnumber on the working cable? Maybe I can try to find one to buy.