With different types of charging connectors and different power ratings it can be really confusing to know what’s what in the world of electric vehicle charging. We’ll try to simplify it!

The below charging information applies to all our new generation products launching from 2019.

Accelerated Charging

Also known as: standard charging, fast charging, Menekes, Mode 3, Type 2, AC (alternating current) charging, this type of charging and socket was designed specifically for electric vehicles.


We supply this type of cable as standard with your vehicle, as it’s the recommended method for charging any electrified vehicle. It’s faster to charge than using a domestic plug, and depending on the chargepoint, you can get specific data on the amount of power your vehicle is taking. 



DS vehicle socket: Type 2 connector

DS battery electric vehicle on board charger:

  • 7kW (monophase) as standard: charge time 7.5 hours
  • 11kW (three phase) as factory option: charge time: 5 hours

DS plug in hybrid vehicle on board charger:

  • 6.6kW as factory option: charge time 1 hour 40 minutes

You can plug into different rated power sockets, but vehicle will charge at the maximum rate of power available, capped by the capacity of the vehicle on board charger.

7kW is the level of power that is most commonplace and suitable for UK domestic properties installing chargepoints.  At this rate, your DS electric car would fully charge in 7.5 hours.


Three phase power is not something which is common at all in the UK at domestic properties, so the 11kW three phase on board charger won’t be suitable for most customers. However, if you do have access to three phase power, you will want to consider ordering the factory option of an 11kW on board charger, as this will enable you to charge your vehicle faster – in as little as 5 hours.


We highly recommend that electric vehicle customers install a chargepoint at their home as their daily charging solution. Our charging partner is Pod Point, who are fully approved under the government Homecharge scheme.  This means if you have off street parking, you can usually benefit from grant funding of £500 towards the cost of a home chargepoint. 


Also known as: slow charging, Mode 2, granny charging, trickle charging, standard charging, 3 pin charging, AC (alternating current) charging

DS vehicle socket: Type 2 connector.

A domestic charging cable is supplied with your DS for charging your vehicle from a standard household 3-pin socket. However, charging in this way is not something we recommend as your daily charging solution and sockets should always be checked for suitability by a qualified electrician.

For starters, it takes a long time: to fully charge the 50kWh batteries in our battery electric vehicles can take 22 hours from a typical domestic household! 

Secondly, it can be risky if you don’t have the socket properly checked, or if you use extension cables or adaptors. 


Quite simply, most household wiring was not put in place with electric vehicles in mind. There aren’t many household appliances that would draw 10amps consistently for up to 22 hours! So while domestic charging can be perfectly safe, we would always recommend that you have any socket you plan to charge from checked for suitability by a certified electrician.


Also known as: quick charging, fast charging, DC charging, ultra rapid charging

DS socket: CCS (Combined Charging System) connector

DS charge capability: 100kW: charging to 80% in 30 minutes^


Rapid charging takes a lot of power, so you wouldn’t install one of these in your home, but you can find them in a variety of public locations.  Motorway services stations have them, as do an increasing number of petrol stations, and some supermarkets and shops are installing them.  Rapid charges use direct current to charge the battery directly at a very fast rate.  They are highly efficient up to 80% charge, but then stop charging or slow down for the final 20%.



There are a large number of standard and rapid chargepoints across the country, operated on many different networks. Usually you have to register with these networks, or download their app to use the chargepoints – but an increasing number are now being installed with payment card facilities build in.


Many are completely free to use. Others you pay for, either by the time you spend plugged in, or the amount of energy you use.

To find out what there is in your area, who operates the points, and whether you have to pay to use them, visit: www.zap-map.com

The range figure mentioned comply with the WLTP test procedure, on the basis of which new vehicles are type approved from 1 September 2018.  They may vary depending on actual conditions of use and on different factors such as : speed, thermal comfort on board the vehicle, driving style and outside temperature. The charging time depends in particular on the power of the charger on board the vehicle, the charging cable and the type and power of the charging station used. These values are communicated for purely indicative purposes and therefore has no general value. Please contact your dealer for further information. For more information about WLTP click here.


Every new DS E-TENSE comes with a FREE 6-month charging subscription* through bp pulse , the UK’s largest and best performing public charge network operated by BP Chargemaster. 



What is it?

All DS E-TENSE customers buying a new battery electric or plug-in HYBRID electric vehicle can benefit from 6 months free subscription* to bp pulse  - the UKs largest public charging network. bp pulse  has the largest network of publically available electric vehicle charge points across the UK, with more than 7000 points (Dec 2019) and growing.

In addition to 7kW AC charging points on street and car parks nationwide, bp pulse  are rolling out 150kW DC rapid chargers compatible with our battery electric vehicles (0-80% charge in around 30 minutes).
The charge points are easy to access through an RFID card or key fob, with 24/7 customer support

How does it work?

Get a bp pulse card from your DS Salon / Store and follow the activation instructions, or subscribe on https://www.bppulse.co.uk/register.  In both cases, you must enter your DS E-TENSE plug-in vehicle VIN (17 digits vehicle identification number) as the Unique Partner Offer Code in your bp pulse  account.

Once your subscription is confirmed, as a DS E-TENSE customer you will benefit from 6 months free, rather than the 3 month offer on the website.

As a subscriber, many charging points are completely free to use (approx. 65% of them). At payable points, you simply pay per kWh of electricity used: from 12p for standard charging and – for this reason you will need to enter card details on subscription.

Following your 6 month free subscription, it’s then £7.85 per month to continue your subscription. If you prefer not to, you can still use bp pulse  charge points on a pay-as-you-go basis through bp pulse  Instant – paying a connection fee each time, as well as any electricity used.

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^The vehicle will rapid charge at a rate of up to 100kW, depending on the power of the rapid charging station used and will take longer to charge at a lower power.  Rapid charging stations are available across the UK at various locations and their power rating varies, typically from 50kW and sometimes up to 350kW.  For further information on public charging stations across the UK, please visit www.zap-map.com


*Customers are required to provide credit/debit card details to their account when signing up, for any electricity used to be charged to. £7.85 per month payable after the first 6 months for ongoing subscription. Existing bp pulse  subscribers can still benefit by contacting the bp pulse  help-desk to receive 6 months credit applied to their account. Offer available in conjunction with all other Retail offers. One claim per person per vehicle purchase. Offer not transferable and no cash alternative. DS Automobiles reserve the right to amend or withdraw the offer at any time without prior notice.