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.

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, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.