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USA: NYC cabbies to put Nissan fuel efficiency to the test


Nissan Motor Co.’s gas-engine NV200 vehicle is displayed at its headquarters in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Nissan is supplying New York City with fuel-efficient cabs, including six electric cars. However, a battle over charging stations has become a big issue, since Nissan and General Motors stations aren’t compatible. / Itsuo Inouye/The Associated Press

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN — Nissan is supplying New York City with fuel-efficient cabs, including six electric cars for testing, but acknowledged uncertainties Tuesday about an ongoing “debate” over charging standards for electric vehicles.

The battle in fast-charging stations, the equivalent of gasoline stands for electric vehicles, is threatening to turn into a futuristic replay of other major platform wars like VHS of Panasonic Corp. vs. Sony Corp.’s Beta in video.

Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer said the debate was still going on, and it was unknown whether nations will adopt the CHAdeMo used by Nissan, or the competing one called Combo backed by General Motors Co. and European automakers. The standards use different plugs and aren’t compatible.

Palmer said Nissan as a leader in electric vehicles must persuade others that its standard is the best.

“The disadvantage is that we are setting the standard,” he said, adding Nissan was “engaged in that debate” over charging standards.

CHAdeMo, which comes from the words “charge” and “move,” and sounds like Japanese for, “Care for some tea?” is also backed by Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
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