European charging infrastructure to cater for all EVs by 2017

European car manufacturers have defined a standard specification for connecting electric vehicles to the electricity grid.

A standard European charging point is seen to be crucial for installing a common infrastructure for charging EVs across the continent.

Ivan Hodac, secretary general of the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers' Association) said: "This is an important step towards the successful deployment of electrically chargeable vehicles. A uniform and user-friendly charging infrastructure is a prerequisite to build a market.

"We want to avoid a situation where customers have to carry a multitude of charging cables to use their vehicles in different cities, regions and countries."

Japanese and South Korean manufacturers have also been closely involved with the development, suggesting that the European specification could ultimately form the basis for a global standard.

A common specification across the EU will become standard for all new EVs by 2017.

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1 July 2010

This is history repeating itself. We had the same situation before the national grid existed, with different regions having different plugs/sockets and also different power ratings making it almost impossible to sell mass produced elecrical goods.

Good to see the EU leading this as American electrics tend to be a bit shoddy.

1 July 2010

Here, here! I believe cell phone makers are only now getting around to standardising equipment. Pity vacuum companies can't do that with their bags, or dispense with them all together.

2 July 2010

This is precisely the sensible legislation the EU should be doing rather than the petty interfering nonsense it usually gets up to. I hope the standardisation includes a lock in the specification so that a prankster can't walk along a car park or street of cars charging up and pull the plugs out!

2 July 2010

surely they must be free to be removed at will by anyone for safety reasons. what if a car cathes fire from some kind of short circuit the electric cable must be able to be removed instantly by anyone.

so that will mean weekend nights no car on any street will get charged as there will be at least one drunk person who does it. Or any night of the week in a town that has a university campus.

students will be the downfall of electric cars worldwide.

2 July 2010

Is there anything to stop - and I'm not being facetious here but asking a genuine question - people just unplugging your EV from its roadside charger on their way home from the pub?

2 July 2010

We obviously need to have more Police officers to keep an eye on this situation - oh, I forgot, the Police are going to be cut back aren't they.....

2 July 2010

they are cutting back in the right ways, massive cuts in the anti-terrorist police units and intelligence. Which i dont see the point of existing at all. nothing can stop a terrorist if they want to cause terror. you can fill a street up with tanks and soldiers and it wouldn't make any difference.

I also think any police that have appeared on any television fly on the wall programmes should be removed from service.

And all existing police should have a psychological assessment for job suitability. Too many stories/videos of police being illegally inept. The main pattern seems to be of insisting they are always right, what's wrong with a police person saying "I dont't know if what you are doing is acceptable, but wait a moment while i just check as i dont want to get it wrong."


I dont think street charging will happen anyway, there is no way having cable on a pavement overnight is acceptable. the owner would get hundereds of court cases for suing for accidental trip injuries every month.

5 July 2010

China are standardising that around the Micro USB!

But we Euros'll have a bigger win!

5 July 2010

Massively off topic, but totally true.

Terrorists are easiest to stop by living quiet, unobtrusive happy, healthy, wealthy lives.

When was the last time anyone bombed Norway? More cash per head than anyone else in the world, more equal than almost everyone else in the world, virtually no military spending, foreign policy which equates to 'Hello, world!' and a counter terrorism department consisting of a young lady named 'Olga' who works part time in the summer holidays...

But no, we endeavour to be the USA's idiot stooge, and, yet worse, we succeed.

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