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Might be a newbie question ... took my car to a public charger for the first time this afternoon, just 5 minutes from my house. Plan was to use the rapid charger, but when I got there a car was already using it, so I plugged in to one of the 7kw ones and walked home. Didn’t need the car so it wasn’t a problem, but it got me wondering - could the rapid charger handle two vehicles? It has one chademo (which was in use) a CCS (which my Golf uses) and a type 2. There are buttons for AC and DC charging. You need a Chargeplace card to start & stop charging so didn’t want to mess with it in case I did I disconnected the guy using the charger. Could I have used the CCS cable while the chademo was in use, or is it one 50kw at a time?
 

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Most units will only charge on one of the DC options at a time, so either the CHAdeMO or the CCS but not both. The AC type 2 normally works in addition.
 

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Thanks, that’s what I assumed. There is another rapid on the same site but it has been dead for the last three months shouldn’t really moan since they’re free, but I will anyway!
 

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Thanks, that’s what I assumed. There is another rapid on the same site but it has been dead for the last three months shouldn’t really moan since they’re free, but I will anyway!
As an EV owner, you have the right to moan to the dead rapid's network, saying that they need to fix it.
 

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Pod point rapid can queue the charge. If CCS is in use, you can plug in Chademo and start charge (pending until CCS stops)

Not seen this on others yet


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It's probably important to explain this is standard for ABB Chargers, not Pod Point. An Electric Blue network ABB charger that I regularly use does this too. But Pod Point doesn't always install ABB. Recently they've been installing Tritium ones especially at Tesco stores. They are basically identical to the original style 50kW Instavolt chargers if you remember them. There's unfortunately no ability to queue on those ones.
 
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