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8 Automakers Agree to Standard EV Plug

Posted on 03 May 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski

The 26th Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS26) may sound like a get-together of graying college professors and hippies held in a La Quinta Inn conference room, but big news has just been announced from said get-together.  Eight global automakers formally committed to a standardized fast-charging plug for their electric vehicles. It turns out that EVS26 is kind of a big deal…

Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen have agreed to support a “single-port fast charging approach” – called DC-fast charging with a Combined Charging System – for use on their new electric vehicles in Europe and the United States.  This single port or plug houses one-phase AC-charging, fast three-phase AC-charging, DC-charging at home and ultra-fast DC-charging at public stations. The system will work regardless of country of origin, standard voltage of country, and will begin rolling out on vehicles next year.

The wildest claim made about the plug is that it will be capable of recharging most electrified vehicles with compatible systems in as little as 15-20 minutes. It is unclear how this will be possible, how the batteries will accept such rapid power infusion, or which of the charging systems housed in the plug will make this possible. If the 15 minute figure comes to pass, however, this could revolutionize how the public perceives electric vehicles.

– Adam Kaslikowski