Carmakers to collaborate on a single combined fast-charging system for EVs

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 20, 2011

In a step to have a universal standard in the developing electric-vehicle market, seven car manufacturers have consented to work together on a single integrated fast-charging system for EVs in the U.S. and Europe. These seven automakers are Volkswagen, Porsche, General Motors, Ford, Daimler, BMW and Audi. The system which has been decided upon by these companies will enable various automobiles to share the same charging connector at fast-charging stations. It will also work with the IEC 62196 Type 2 system in Europe and the current J1772 connector standard in the U.S.

This endeavor, which the participating companies consider to be beneficial for clients, the providers of charging infrastructure providers, and the industry as a whole, will also aid in minimizing the build complexity for manufacturers, speed up the installation of common systems worldwide and most of all, enhance the ownership experience for EV drivers, Ford said in a statement.

The seven manufacturers have also consented to use HomePlug GreenPHY as the standard communication protocol, which will permit integration of electric vehicles into smart grid applications in the future. 

To make sure that the Nissan Leaf is able to deliver a highly responsive, enjoyable driving experience typically expected from conventional vehicles fitted with internal-combustion engines (ICE), the Japanese carmaker provided the EV with an electric motor that develops 80kW of output and 280Nm of torque, with over 90kW of energy sourced from laminated compact lithium-ion batteries.

However, unlike these conventional vehicles, the Nissan Leaf emits no carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. These state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries are complemented by an innovative regenerative braking system to allow the Nissan Leaf to travel over 160km (100 miles) on a full single charge before needing to recharge the batteries.

According to extensive consumer research, a range of 160km is enough to meet the daily driving needs of over 70 percent of drivers around the world. Fascinatingly, a quick charger that comes along with the Nissan Leaf could recharge up to 80 percent of the battery’s full capacity in under 30 minutes. Home charging through a 200V outlet could fully recharge the battery in around eight hours, which is enough time to let the driver and the car rest overnight.

Nissan Leaf’s engineers and designers aimed to create a real-world car with a competitive price and would allow the Japanese carmaker to become a leader in the area of zero-emission mobility. Moreover, the new Nissan Leaf features a new chassis and body layout to further optimize overall comfort as well as spaciousness for both occupants.

Product Chief Designer Masato Inoue remarked that they wanted the Nissan Leaf to become the world’s first medium-size, practical and affordable EV that drivers would want to drive as much as possible. He added that its styling identifies not only the Nissan Leaf but also its owner as a participant in the era of zero-emission mobility.

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