Japanese Automakers Collaborate on Standard Electric Car Charger

Standard EV Charger

Many of the perceived obstacles in the way of widespread EV adoption mirror the infrastructure obstacles of the 1900s-1930s, when cars ran on ethanol, electric power, kerosene, etc. There was no standard fuel, there were no standard gas pumps, and everything was new and different from the horse-drawn carriages people knew. Barely two generations later, we’re at it again. The first obstacle – standard EV plugs – is well on its way to being overcome, thanks to the SAE. Next on the list is a standardized electric car charger (or “pump”, to carry on with my original analogy), and Nissan, Honda, and Toyota have decided to work together to bring you one.

You could easily argue that Toyota, Honda, and Nissan are the leaders of EV and hybrid tech right now. Honda pioneered hybrids in the US with its late-90s Insight, learning valuable lessons that would eventually play out in the “copy and refine” Toyota Way. The car Toyota built was the Prius, which inspired Nissan to “one up” them all with the Leaf and (through its sister company, Renault) pioneer swappable batteries. With that history in mind, it should, perhaps, come as no surprise that these three would be the ones to push past the next obstacle to widespread EV adoption.

Their latest effort involves installing more than 12,000 standardized charging station throughout Japan. Once the economies of scale are there, however, the cost of the electric car chargers will fall enough that exports to Europe and North America will start to make sense.

Here’s hoping.

 

Source | Photos: Autoguide.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.