Published on May 8th, 2012 | by Joshua S Hill


Eight Automakers Agree on Standardized Electric Vehicle Charging

May 8th, 2012 by  

Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen  have all announced at the Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 that they will agree to support a new single-port fast-charging technology that will recharge vehicle EV batteries in just 15 to 20 minutes.

This marks the first step towards harmonising the electric vehicle market, by creating one charging option to suit them all. This way there will be no proprietary charging systems requiring a specific charging set up. Now, one charging station will charge multiple vehicles.

This removes just one more barrier towards the electric car becoming a widely adopted mode of transport for the common household.

The new system integrates one-phase AC-charging, fast three-phase AC-charging, DC-charging at home, and ultra-fast DC-charging at public stations into one inlet.

“The system will optimize customer ease of use and will accelerate more affordable deployment of electrified vehicles and charging infrastructure,” said Ford in a statement.

“The system maximizes the capability for integration with future smart grid developments through common broadband communication methods regardless of the global location of the charging system,” General Motors said in a statement of its own, and went on to add that the combined charging approach will reduce development and infrastructure complexity, improve charging reliability, reduce the total cost-of-ownership for end customers and provide low maintenance costs.

Live charging demonstrations will be conducted during the Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 (EVS26) May 6-9.

For more information on this news, check out Tina’s post: One Plug to Rule them All: New EV Fast-Charging System.

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  • Tom G.

    Well it’s about time a unified standard is implemented. Congratulations guys. We have standards for outlets, circuit breakers, wire gauge sizes and thousands of other products so we are on the right track.

    This will help EVERY company and CUSTOMER transition to electric vehicles. Now if we could just get the inductive charging plates all in the same location we would be one step closer to mainstream adoption. My wife could simply drive into the garage, charging would start automatically and she would never have to touch a dirty old electric cord. Now that would be a smart selling point 🙂

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