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Seven automakers agree on standardized fast-charge system for EVs

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Seven automakers have agreed to use a common single-port fast-charging system for electric cars in the United States and Europe. The goal is to reduce development costs and make it easier for consumers to adopt electric vehicles.

Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen will use identical charge plugs and the same system for communication between the charger and the car in their electric vehicles.

The automakers say they reached the agreement after studying current EV charging strategies and connectors.

The agreement should also help make it easier for governments and utilities to plan and develop infrastructure for electric-vehicle recharging.

The standardized charging ports and recharge stations will be compatible with the J1772 port now used for Level 1 and Level 2 chargers in the United States.

By Jake Lingeman