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New charger standard can charge batteries in only 20 minutes

The sales electric vehicles are stagnating and in some cases actually decreasing. At the same time, consumers are purchasing more fuel-efficient vehicles that use traditional gasoline engines. The Ford EcoBoost line of engines has been particularly popular with drivers looking for power and fuel economy. In fact, Ford recently had to open a third shift at its EcoBoost manufacturing plant to meet demand.
 
While traditional fuel-efficient engines are doing well, automakers and the automotive industry are working to improve electric vehicles to make them more attractive to consumers. One of the ways that the automotive industry is working together to make electric vehicles more accessible is with cooperation on a new fast-charging standard.
 
General Motors has announced that it's working together with Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, Porsche, and Volkswagen on a common fast-charging standard. The new standard would be able to charge the batteries in EV or a plug-in hybrid using either AC or DC from a single inlet. Even better than being able to use any type of charger with a single port is that the new standard could eventually be able to charge a battery pack in as little as 15 to 20 minutes.
 

[Source: General Motors]

The ability to quickly recharge battery packs could significantly increase the number of consumers interested in electric vehicles. Electric vehicles with a driving range of only 100 miles are a more attractive proposition if you can pull into a charging station and recharge the battery in 20 minutes rather than having to wait overnight.
 
The new jointly developed charging solution will be used in both the U.S. and Europe, and is called DC Fast Charging with a Combined Charging System. The SAE has chosen this combined charging system as its fast charging standard that will extend the existing Type 1 based charging solution. The final draft of the new standard will be published this summer.
 
The European Association of vehicle manufacturers has also chosen this charger as the standard interface for new vehicles in Europe beginning in 2017. 
 
The rollout of production vehicles using the new interface will begin in model year 2013.

Sources: GM, SAE





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