Tethered or Untethered Charge-Points for EV Home Charging

Tethered or Untethered Charge-Points for EV Home Charging

EV Home Charging: Tethered or Untethered Charge-Points: What’s the Difference?

The terminology can sound confusing if you are new to the EV charging arena however it simply refers to how the charging lead attaches to the EV charge point either fixed (tethered) or not fixed (untethered)

As an electric vehicle owner it is important to understand the differences when it comes to tethered or untethered charge-points to ensure you opt for a model which best suits your needs.

Tethered EV Charge-Points Explained

A tethered charge point is installed with a pre-fitted cable that cannot be removed and because of this it tends to be larger than an untethered charger as the cable is stored alongside the charge point.

The charging cable that comes fixed to a tethered charge point will typically be a Type 2 connector (the standard for Europe), so you should be able to plug in and charge your EV without having to find and connect a different cable (with a Type 1 connector)

Tethered EV Home Charge-Points Pro’s & Con’s


Quick & Simple- no need to locate and attach cable before charging

Secure- A cable that is tethered to your charger is harder to loose or be stolen


Fixed lead length- if you decide you want to change your charging lead e.g. to a longer lead you’ll have to replace the whole EV charge point

Larger Unit- tethered chargers take up more space than a charger without a fixed cable

Price – The addition of the cable means tethered chargers cost more than untethered chargers.

Untethered EV Home Charge-Points Explained

An untethered EV charge point has no attached cable instead there is a socket to attach your own  charging cable to charge your EV.

An untethered charger is also sometimes also referred to as a universal charger because it has a socket which allows you to plug in cables with different types of connectors.

Untethered EV Home Charge-Points Pro’s & Con’s


Sleek, minimalist look – No fixed cable means an untethered charger takes up less space, allowing for a sleeker design.

Price– Untethered chargers tend to cost less as you don’t have to pay for the cable.

Flexibility– You’re free to change your cable and connector without having to replace the entire charger.


Can be less convenient- As you need to locate and attach your cable before charging

Can be less secure- As your charging cable could in effect be unplugged and/or removed/stolen

So Which is Best: Tethered or Untethered Charge-Points?

When it comes to making the choice to which is better in regards to tethered or untethered charge-points the decision really comes down to your personal choice and preference as discussed above both options are equally as functional and reliable. Understanding which option suits your lifestyle and needs best is key to choosing which charge-point option is the one for you. If you live in a rented or owned flat there may also be government grant opportunites available to you. Find out more here

To find out how E-Verve Energy can help with your decision regarding tethered or untethered charge-points visit our dedicated EV Home Charging page to see our recommended products and get your instant quote today!

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