A dilemma current and prospective electric cars owners often have when traveling is the problem: where will you recharge when you’re away from home? Although we’re not quite there yet, the electric car industry is working towards the day that charging stations will be found outside of drug stores and coffee shops, allowing consumers to charge electric vehicles while they eat or shop.
Currently, most electric cars are charged at home or at work with AC electric power — a process which often takes several hours.
Green innovators have been tweaking this model, and this week, GM, Ford, Chrysler, BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche gave their blessings to the Society of Automotive Engineer’s (SAE’s) AC and DC “combo” fast charge connector.
Standardization of the connector will pave the way for the DC fast charging stations to become the norm across the U.S. and set a universal standard for vehicle manufacturers to adhere to, as well as help bring electric cars into the convenience-minded mainstream of America.
The first electric vehicles expected to benefit from the new DC fast charging will be the Chevrolet Spark EV and the BMW i3.
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- Charging Your Electric Car Away From Home Just Got Easier (ireport.cnn.com)
- GM and BMW joint ‘DC fast charge’ testing could draw more people to electric vehicles (digitaltrends.com)