Several of the largest automakers have pledged to work towards a universal charging station for electric cars. It would also be fast charging, drastically cutting the time needed to charge a car.
The system will use a common vehicle inlet/charging connector and will have a standard electronic method for the vehicle to communicate with the charging station. This will allow electric vehicles from Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen to share the same fast charging stations.
The seven auto manufacturers said “the development of a common charging approach is good for customers, the industry and charging infrastructure providers. Standardization will reduce build complexity for manufacturers, accelerate the installation of common systems internationally and most importantly, improve the ownership experience for EV drivers.” LA Times, 12 Oct 2011.
According to the article, Nissan has also announced price cuts for home charging stations.