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August 16, 2009

Hands on: Japan to get standard charging stations

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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]

Hands on: Japan to get standard charging stations originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Fri, 14 Aug 2009 16:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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