Wednesday, May 23, 2012

No. 519: Seeking the coexistence of different charging standards for electric vehicles (May 23, 2012)

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Japanese automakers established the Japanese charging standard for electric vehicles and a total of 8 western automakers including GM and Volkswagen promote the Combined Charging System. CHAdeMO Association promotes the Japanese standard, and Toshiyuki Shiba, Chief Operating Office of Nissan Motor, is the president of the CHAdeMO that puns for “Let’s have a tea while charging” in English. He stated in a press conference that his association would seek the way for the coexistence of the Japanese standard and the western standard, instead of allowing them to compete. He will collaborate with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to seek the coexistence of the two standards.

He told, “It is possible to let the two standards coexist and make them compatible because they are almost the same with only a 5% difference in structure that includes the connector figure and the charge control system.” IEC is scheduled to register the Japanese standard, western standard, and Chinese standard and bring them into effect next summer. Before IEC’s decision, his association will make strenuous efforts to work with foreign governments for the coexistence of the three standards. 

 CHAdeMO quick charger

 CHAdeMO quick charger at a gas station

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