08 May 2012:
Standard EV Charging System
Adopted by U.S., German Automakers
Eight U.S. and German automakers have agreed on a standardized technology system for electric-vehicle charging
, a coordinated approach they say will allow drivers to rapidly re-charge their vehicles at most
charging stations regardless of power source. The announcement is an important breakthrough for the electric vehicle industry, introducing a common technology that could foster the spread of a recharging infrastructure at gas stations, malls, office buildings, and other locations — a critical step if consumers are to adopt electric vehicle technology. The integrated single-port system — which will be utilized by Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche, and Volkswagen — allows drivers to use numerous charging technologies, including AC- and DC-charging, with one vehicle inlet. The system, which will be unveiled at the Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 in Los Angeles, will reportedly be able to recharge an electric vehicle in 15 to 20 minutes. Not all automakers, however, are using the system adopted by the U.S. and German companies; Mitsubishi and Tesla Motors use competing technology
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