2012 Chevrolet Volt front left plugged in, charging

Not even a week ago, automakers from all over the globe agreed to a new standard for electric vehicle charging, called the Combined Charging System, or CCS. Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Daimler AG, and Porsche have been lobbying for the use of single-pug system (a.k.a. CCS) for rapid charging, and Chrysler joining the group as well.

But somebody forgot to tell Nissan and Mitsubishi.

Both companies use a system called  “CHAdeMO,” a system developed and widely used in Japan. Both Nissan and Mitsubishi already use this system and are requesting the ability to be able to continue doing so. Tesla, a luxury electric vehicle producer, developed and uses a completely different system then the two aforementioned ones to power its $109,000 EV roadster.

“We’re hopeful everyone migrates to a single standard,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford’s associate director of vehicle electrification to Automotive News.

The SAE’s decision to go with the CCS is an interesting one in the sense that the Nissan Leaf, the top-selling EV currently on the market, uses CHAdeMO. Now Nissan, along with Mitsubishi, may be forced with switching over its CHAdeMO charging system to a CCS. SAE’s decision to go with the CCS stems from the system’s ability to charge anywhere using the same plug. This will result in the owner of the EV to consume less energy and not have to pay as much on their electric bill when charging at home.

“The standard is to be officially published this summer,” Ford said in a joint statement Thursday to Automotive News with the seven other automakers that will use it too. “ACEA, the European association of vehicle manufacturers, has also selected the Combined Charging System as its AC/DC-charging interface for all new vehicle types in Europe beginning in 2017.”

Source: Automotive News (subscription required)

By Trevor Dorchies