One of the things that can prevent widespread adoption of electric cars is not having a standard charging system. Just ask Betamax or HD DVD how the lack of a standard can hurt.
European EV fans can breathe easy because the authorities have reached an agreement on a model created by a company named Mennekes, which includes communication interfaces to regulate the charge. In the U.S., the J1772 connector will be the new standard for plug-in vehicles. Stlll, despite the large amount of EV projects being undertaken by Japanese companies, it has taken until now for utility Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) to actually begin developing a standard with those manufacturers. Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors, Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru) and Tepco have announced a commission to create standard charging station for the new array of EVs that will run on Japanese roads in the coming years.
Gallery: Mitsubishi iMiEV production model
[Source: Le Blog Auto]