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European Conflict Continues Over Incompatible Electric-Car Charging Standards

Europe may have its own single currency and be subject to many of the same laws, but for electric car owners the business of charging isn’t as simple.

European Union countries still have no standardized charging format, and auto industry specialists consider it the main hurdle to EV adoption in Europe.

But while some countries have adopted some form of standard for charging, other big players use their own format–and it’s making things difficult for electric vehicle stakeholders.

Wards Auto points out that only France has adopted a Type-3 charger format, which is compatible with all national European codes for use in buildings and connection to the electric grid.

Yet Germany still uses a Type-2 format, backed by several European automotive trade organisations.

Worse still, despite this format being backed by such groups, the German connector lacks a “shutter” cover designed to prevent electrocution when the device is not in use–making it unsuitable for England, Spain, Italy, Sweden and Finland, where such a cover is required.


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