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Nissan EVs tested in NYC

Nissan’s gas-engine NV200 vehicle is displayed at the automaker’s Yokohama headquarters.

Debate rages over standard charging station

YURI KAGEYAMA | Associated Press
YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan is supplying New York City with fuel-efficient cabs, including six electric cars for testing, but acknowledged uncertainties 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 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 last week 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


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