Will Formula E Use Discontinued CHAdeMO Chargers? (w/ Video)



Despite being a popular choice among carmakers like Nissan and Mitsubishi, the CHAdeMO electric car charging standard is dead. It’s not that it’s bad or inferior or whatever, it’s that CHAdeMO is being legislated out of existence in favor the SAE’s proposed CSS standard. As such, it was a bit of a surprise to see one of the chargers make an appearance in the latest Formula E construction video (below).

After all, Formula E is supposed to be the racing series of the future – and it’s attracting big names from Formula 1, IndyCar, and even the old Stig (Ben Collins) under that premise.

Even so, it probably shouldn’t be all that surprising, considering that Renault is supplying power units to the nascent racing series. Once you recall that Renault’s own Fluence EV uses CHAdeMO, and that the previously mentioned Nissan Leaf does, as well, however, it becomes clear why the decision was made (Nissan is to Renault as Buick is to Chevrolet, after all).

The appearance of either the CHAdeMO charger or the CSS trackside, however, doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing car-swapping or wireless in-track EV charging in Formula E, of course. Still, it’s interesting to see what parts of the forward-looking Formula E series are more closely related to current tech, and which are driving the future forward, you know? If you missed it the first time, you can watch the video again, below. Enjoy!


Source | Images: Formula E, via Motorpasion.

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  • UKGary

    It appears that the latest EU regulations are technology neutral provided that the combo 2 connector is used. This decision is due for review or update in 2020.


    The number of CHAdeMO DC Quick chargers installed up to today is 3688.
    — (Japan 1,967 Europe 1117 USA 592 Others 12) last update 2014.04.22, and this charger is the default option in Europe – hardly discontinued!

  • AaronD12

    CHAdeMO is far from dead. There is no way it will just “go away” because too many vehicles have CHAdeMO ports. Additionally, the CCS standard doesn’t have many stations, so why should it eliminate CHAdeMO?

  • This article seems a bit reckless. Chademo is the Japanese choice of QuickCharging connector. SAE combo is the US and German preference so far. Many charging networks will simply be offering both. Who knows more?

  • Turbofroggy

    Chademo has a HUGE lead, it isn’t dead, in fact it is thriving. They just installed two ABB Chademo units in downtown Seattle that are exactly the same ones as depicted in this video.