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European Parliament Considers Legislation To Kill CHAdeMO Electric Car Chargers

ould this be the beginning of the end for the CHAdeMO fast charging standard? On Tuesday, the CHAdeMO Association posted a notice on its website that the European Parliament is considering draft legislation that would terminate CHAdeMO at the end of 2018. This move is being considered despite the dominant role of the Japanese standard in fast charging around the world.

The draft legislation is part of a larger package of proposals that would be “a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.” A few rules regarding electric car charging are buried among proposals concerning other alternatives such as ethanol. One of them reads:

Direct Current (DC) fast recharging points for electric vehicles may be alternatively equipped with connectors of Type “CHAdeMO” for a transitional period ending on 31 December 2018.

Put another way, this proposal would terminate CHAdeMO in Europe beginning in 2019. This appears to be another round in the war over fast charging standards. There are at least three or four camps in the DC fast charging market (listed by deployment numbers): CHAdeMO, Tesla Supercharger, SAE DC Fast Charging System (a.k.a. Combo Charging System or CCS), and at least one fast charging system designed in China. The Renault ZOE and the latest electric smart both support an AC Level 3 fast charging system.

CHAdeMO is the incumbent standard, originally developed in the mid-2000s by TEPCO and the Japanese automakers. It is widely deployed with more than 2,700 CHAdeMO charging stations installed around the world: Japan (1,716); Europe (815); US (160); and 12 in other countries. It is primarily available for use in the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi i-MiEV
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