Europe’s automakers want to standardise the charging of electric cars

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 24, 2011

Vehicle manufacturer's in Europe proposed a joint set of recommendations to standardise the charging of electric cars that will enable the usage of one type of plug whatever the vehicle make, country or electricity provider.

According to the European auto industry association ACEA, the proposal could be vital in making sure zero-emission electric vehicles like Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf will gain 3 to 10 percent of new vehicle sales in 2020 to 2025.

In a statement on Thursday, ACEA Secretary General Ivan Hodac stated that this is a major step towards the wider introduction of EVs in the European region.

He added that it also leads the way for a harmonized solution worldwide, according to Reuters. Moreover, he said that they are calling on the infrastructure providers, the European Commission and the standardization bodies to adopt the recommendations and to clear remaining issues at the soonest possible time.

The market all over the European region as well as abroad is fragmented by a variety of solutions. ACEA revealed that the recommendations of the European vehicle industry encompass the whole link between the public charging infrastructure and the car's inlet. Moreover, the recommendations also address slow and fast-charging with direct or alternate current.

Vehicle manufacturers will start implementing them uniformly in each new vehicle cycle once they are approved by the relevant standardization bodies. However, full implementation for all new models is not expected until 2017.

Hodac commented that standardization provides predictability to investors, enables economy of scale and reduces costs. In July, Ford of Europe's manager of sustainability Wulf-Peter Schmidt stated that it will be hard for electric vehicles to gain traction without a widespread, reliable charging infrastructure, affordable, safe products and common standards.

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