09 May '12, 1am

Eight Automakers Agree on Standardized Electric Vehicle Charging

Eight Automakers Agree on Standardized Electric Vehicle Charging

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...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/08/eight-automakers-agre...

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