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Tesla CEO Elon Musk offers charging technology to third parties

There’s a hot battle in electric-vehicle land, and Tesla just made it hotter. That battle is over the connection standard for fast-charging stations.

These stations take a half-hour or less to replenish an EV’s battery. EV drivers thirsting for battery juice have been known to skip the more common Level 2 charging stations (which can take hours to recharge a battery fully) to jockey for a spot at a fast charger.

But they have to have the right connector to charge, and there’s the problem. EV manufacturers are already divided between those who support the CHAdeMO connector, including Nissan and other Japanese companies, and the SAE International J1772 standard supported by Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, and many European brands. The latter works with the slower Level 2 stations but is being developed to work with fast-charging stations.



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