EV Charger Stuck: How to unplug electric car charger

29th June 2022by Admin

Stuck charging cables in an electric vehicle have been a hot topic for quite some time. Even since the vehicles were first released, charging cables not coming out of the port – even by force – seems to have been an issue. Getting an EV charger stuck appears to be one of the most common problems among owners.

Figuring out how to unplug an electric car charger doesn’t need to be too much of a struggle, however. Since it’s something that can happen to almost any electric vehicle owner, it’s something you’ll need to know. It could end up being more useful than you’d think, especially once you – and your charger – end up stuck.


Ensure that your electric vehicle is unlocked


The first thing you should do is make sure that your EV is unlocked. The main reason for this is that, if your electric vehicle is locked, then it could be locking the cable into the car. In some cases, unsticking your EV charger from the vehicle could be as simple as getting this done. With this approach, it’s as simple as following a few particular steps.

Unlock your electric vehicle

Unlocking your electric vehicle is a straightforward process and simply involves putting your key into the car door and turning it. At this point, your EV should remain plugged in and charging.

Detach the EV charger from the car

Should your electric vehicle being locked be the reason for the EV charger being stuck, then you’ll now be able to remove it from the vehicle. You should detach the charger from the EV first, which should simply involve giving it a bit of a pull.

Unplug the EV charging cable from the charging port

Unplug the EV charging cable

Once you’ve unplugged the charging cable from the car, the pins will no longer be live. It’s now time to unplug the cable from the charging port, if appropriate. Doing this is as simple as it was with removing it from the car. All told, the process should only take a few minutes.


Push in before unplugging the EV charger


Sometimes, giving the charging cable a pull won’t be enough to unplug it from your car. In many of these cases, your EV charger isn’t actually stuck. Instead, it simply needs a push to unlock the charger before you can give it a pull and unplug it. You’ll usually need to do this in one swift motion for it to work.


What type of charging cable do you have?


There’ll be some cases where the above doesn’t work. If that happens, it can often be worth hiring a professional to help you with the situation. Figuring out how to unplug an electric car charger yourself in these situations doesn’t need to be difficult, however.

The type of EV charging cable you have is a significant factor in this, with both needing different approaches to address the situation. That’s primarily because there can be different reasons why either EV charger is stuck.

It’s worth diving into both of these to determine what approach needs to be taken.

Type 1 EV Charging Cable

type 1 ev charger

Type 1 EV charging cables are usually used in home charging stations, making them the most common than type 2s in this department. Slimmer than their counterparts, they don’t need much maintenance, other than when they’re stuck.

How to unplug Type 1 charging cable

A type 1 EV charging cable gets stuck usually because of faulty actuators, with these locking the cable in place. You should first try to lock and unlock your EV with a key fob to see if it’s a glitch in the system. If it isn’t, try pressing the cable in and then pulling.

The last way to try to address this is to find the manual release, which is usually in the EV’s trunk. You can find this under the upholstery. Once pulled, this will unlock the EV charging cable.

Should that not work, then you may end up needing to contact a professional or the vehicle’s manufacturer to help you.

Type 2 EV Charging Cable

type 2 ev charger

Type 2 EV charging cables are the most commonly used in the United Kingdom. If you’re having problems with your charger, then it’s likely this one. The main reason for this is their versatility, as they can come in various lengths, making them easy to install and setup in most locations. They charge at a lower capacity than their type 1 counterparts.

As they’re the most commonly used in the U.K., troubleshooting them shouldn’t be too much of a problem, with many of the ways to get your type 2 EV charger unstuck from your vehicle.

How to unplug Type 2 charging cable

When this kind of EV charger is stuck, it’s also typically down to failing locking actuators. While addressing this is relatively simple with a type 1 cable, it can be more complicated here. It doesn’t need to be too much of a hassle, however.

Because of this cable’s shape, its locking mechanism should be visible at the top of the socket. You should see a small latch pop out when the charging cable locks into place. If the actuator fails, this latch stays in place.

Perhaps the easiest way to address this is to use a screwdriver to manually press the lock back into place. Similar tools can also be used for this. When you’re doing this, don’t use too much force. That could break the latch, and fixing this could be costly.


A guide on how to unplug a stuck electric car charger by EV Solutions


Figuring out how to unplug an electric car charger when it’s in this position doesn’t need to be difficult, though. No matter what issue you’re dealing with, contacting the UK’s leading EV charging experts is recommended. With EV Solutions, rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Get in touch, and a member of our friendly team will be happy to discuss your case with you and determine how we can help.

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Tim Field
Tim Field
17:23 18 May 24
Had a Zappi charger installed on 13th May 2024 - very happy with speed and professionalism of the installation - neat... job with no wires showing on the outside wall. Would highly recommend.read more
Bruce Murphy
Bruce Murphy
06:48 09 May 24
After years of experiencing the effects of a sub-standard installation and never benefiting from the full range of... features of an EV charge point, EV Solutions have been great. A new charge point fitted with full integration with solar and home battery. Thank you. A good customer experienceread more
Gary Thompson
Gary Thompson
09:16 16 Apr 24
From the initial home consultation, to the delivery and work carried out for install, Brendon and his team were second... to none. A very professional outfit who carried out all aspects of the work brilliantly. Great job done. I would highly recommend getting in touch.read more
Magnum2k
Magnum2k
08:44 13 Apr 24
Having searched high and low for a charger I came across EV Solutions who surveyed my property and carried out the... installation in just over a weekThe installation was carried out to such a high standard and with such precision/ professionalism that there is very little cable exposed.I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking to have a charger installed .read more
James Mahoney
James Mahoney
10:16 23 Mar 24
Fantastic buying experience with my Ohme Home Pro charger. The online survey was very straightforward and I was able to... get the installation booked in around my availability very easily. The electrician who installed the charger was great - will definitely recommend to friends.read more
Kathryn Tutill
Kathryn Tutill
12:17 07 Feb 24
After months of being messed about by Pod Point I contacted EV solutions.The whole process was totally reassuring.From... start to finish it took less than 2 weeks.Plus Brendon managed to ensure that it was tied in with our solar panel and battery system.A pleasure to do business with this company.Restored my faith in mankind.Thank you.read more
Tom Hutchinson
Tom Hutchinson
11:06 29 Jan 24
Great experience in dealing with EV Solutions. Competitively priced and offering finance options which was great given... we had a more complicated install route. Proficient team who were prompt and friendly. Would wholly recommend to anyone considering using this company.read more
Jevgenij Turonok
Jevgenij Turonok
16:05 21 Dec 23
Very pleased with speed and quality of work. Already referred them to a friend who will also have his charger installed... soonread more
Ben Russell
Ben Russell
12:05 15 Dec 23
Excellent install and great installer
Peter Harrison
Peter Harrison
11:47 28 Oct 23
Excellect service and very competent electricians.
Steve Hughes
Steve Hughes
12:00 19 Jun 23
Very satisfied with the discussion, quote and installation of the Hypervolt 3 by Brendan and his team from EVSolutions.... Brendan was very informative during the pre-installation visit and the EVSolutions team who came to install the charger were very professional and efficient.read more
Marcus
Marcus
21:07 04 Jan 23
Got a Myenergi Zappi installed at home, the installers where professional and left the place clean. One of the nicest... cabling jobs I've seen in a while. Will certainly recommend.read more
Andy S
Andy S
06:51 12 Oct 22
EV charger installation done to a great standard, electrician turned up when they said they would, completed job in... good time with minimal disruption and very friendly.read more
Nigel Groves
Nigel Groves
20:47 24 Feb 22
Very good installation by a very competent team
Stephen Vasey
Stephen Vasey
11:35 24 Nov 21
Just had a Zappi 2 charger installed by EV Solutions. They were very polite during the install. Very professional and... worked none stop during the whole install.The install was done and any mess was cleared away by them after the work was completed.If you are looking for professional and efficient workers you can't go wrong with EV Solutionsread more
Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall
17:53 21 Nov 21
I had solar panels installed by a leading north east company. They were unable to install a charger, claiming issues... gaining approval from the grid supplier. Brendon sorted it no problem. Very happy with the install. Brendon may be lacking in the organisation department but he gets the job done.read more
Michael Hanlon
Michael Hanlon
10:37 05 Sep 21
Great service from Brendan and his lads who were efficient, helpful, tidy and very professional. Would definitely... recommend to others.read more
Stephen Hopkirk
Stephen Hopkirk
08:20 03 Sep 21
I contacted EV Solutions to have a charger fitted at my home, Brendon provided all the information I needed and quickly... came back with options and quotes, even bringing a couple types to my home for me to see and make my mind up over. Eventually went for the EO Mini Pro 2, and a fitting date was arranged. EV Solutions turned up at the right time and fitted the unit. The finished job is extremely neat, and it works as it should. Great service from this local company. Recommended.read more
Simon Forster
Simon Forster
16:57 16 Jun 21
Great job carried out by two very professional electricians. Arrived when they said they would, carried out the work to... a high standard and left the place tidy. Provided some good advice for the future. Would highly recommend EV Solutions for installation of a home EV charger. Thanks lads.read more
Keith Kay
Keith Kay
19:53 20 Feb 21
Very friendly staff with good clear and concise communication. Skilled, clean & tidy workers. I have enjoyed dealing... with this company and its staff.read more
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Tim Field
Tim Field
17:23 18 May 24
Had a Zappi charger installed on 13th May 2024 - very happy with speed and professionalism of the installation - neat... job with no wires showing on the outside wall. Would highly recommend.read more
Bruce Murphy
Bruce Murphy
06:48 09 May 24
After years of experiencing the effects of a sub-standard installation and never benefiting from the full range of... features of an EV charge point, EV Solutions have been great. A new charge point fitted with full integration with solar and home battery. Thank you. A good customer experienceread more
Gary Thompson
Gary Thompson
09:16 16 Apr 24
From the initial home consultation, to the delivery and work carried out for install, Brendon and his team were second... to none. A very professional outfit who carried out all aspects of the work brilliantly. Great job done. I would highly recommend getting in touch.read more
Magnum2k
Magnum2k
08:44 13 Apr 24
Having searched high and low for a charger I came across EV Solutions who surveyed my property and carried out the... installation in just over a weekThe installation was carried out to such a high standard and with such precision/ professionalism that there is very little cable exposed.I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking to have a charger installed .read more
James Mahoney
James Mahoney
10:16 23 Mar 24
Fantastic buying experience with my Ohme Home Pro charger. The online survey was very straightforward and I was able to... get the installation booked in around my availability very easily. The electrician who installed the charger was great - will definitely recommend to friends.read more
Kathryn Tutill
Kathryn Tutill
12:17 07 Feb 24
After months of being messed about by Pod Point I contacted EV solutions.The whole process was totally reassuring.From... start to finish it took less than 2 weeks.Plus Brendon managed to ensure that it was tied in with our solar panel and battery system.A pleasure to do business with this company.Restored my faith in mankind.Thank you.read more
Tom Hutchinson
Tom Hutchinson
11:06 29 Jan 24
Great experience in dealing with EV Solutions. Competitively priced and offering finance options which was great given... we had a more complicated install route. Proficient team who were prompt and friendly. Would wholly recommend to anyone considering using this company.read more
Jevgenij Turonok
Jevgenij Turonok
16:05 21 Dec 23
Very pleased with speed and quality of work. Already referred them to a friend who will also have his charger installed... soonread more
Ben Russell
Ben Russell
12:05 15 Dec 23
Excellent install and great installer
Peter Harrison
Peter Harrison
11:47 28 Oct 23
Excellect service and very competent electricians.
Steve Hughes
Steve Hughes
12:00 19 Jun 23
Very satisfied with the discussion, quote and installation of the Hypervolt 3 by Brendan and his team from EVSolutions.... Brendan was very informative during the pre-installation visit and the EVSolutions team who came to install the charger were very professional and efficient.read more
Marcus
Marcus
21:07 04 Jan 23
Got a Myenergi Zappi installed at home, the installers where professional and left the place clean. One of the nicest... cabling jobs I've seen in a while. Will certainly recommend.read more
Andy S
Andy S
06:51 12 Oct 22
EV charger installation done to a great standard, electrician turned up when they said they would, completed job in... good time with minimal disruption and very friendly.read more
Nigel Groves
Nigel Groves
20:47 24 Feb 22
Very good installation by a very competent team
Stephen Vasey
Stephen Vasey
11:35 24 Nov 21
Just had a Zappi 2 charger installed by EV Solutions. They were very polite during the install. Very professional and... worked none stop during the whole install.The install was done and any mess was cleared away by them after the work was completed.If you are looking for professional and efficient workers you can't go wrong with EV Solutionsread more
Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall
17:53 21 Nov 21
I had solar panels installed by a leading north east company. They were unable to install a charger, claiming issues... gaining approval from the grid supplier. Brendon sorted it no problem. Very happy with the install. Brendon may be lacking in the organisation department but he gets the job done.read more
Michael Hanlon
Michael Hanlon
10:37 05 Sep 21
Great service from Brendan and his lads who were efficient, helpful, tidy and very professional. Would definitely... recommend to others.read more
Stephen Hopkirk
Stephen Hopkirk
08:20 03 Sep 21
I contacted EV Solutions to have a charger fitted at my home, Brendon provided all the information I needed and quickly... came back with options and quotes, even bringing a couple types to my home for me to see and make my mind up over. Eventually went for the EO Mini Pro 2, and a fitting date was arranged. EV Solutions turned up at the right time and fitted the unit. The finished job is extremely neat, and it works as it should. Great service from this local company. Recommended.read more
Simon Forster
Simon Forster
16:57 16 Jun 21
Great job carried out by two very professional electricians. Arrived when they said they would, carried out the work to... a high standard and left the place tidy. Provided some good advice for the future. Would highly recommend EV Solutions for installation of a home EV charger. Thanks lads.read more
Keith Kay
Keith Kay
19:53 20 Feb 21
Very friendly staff with good clear and concise communication. Skilled, clean & tidy workers. I have enjoyed dealing... with this company and its staff.read more
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