Governments around the world are forcing automakers through mandates and regulations to produce electric vehicles. Automakers are slowly increasing production, and there are more players entering the EV game. Each automaker has developed its own system for recharging the battery. This has resulted in a variety of charging options. Companies producing charging stations generally have applications for only one system. Now, some automakers are working cooperatively to develop a common fast-charging solution.
Consumers remain wary, however, of this new technology. The sales rate for EVs remains very low despite high gasoline prices. One main concern is range anxiety, the fear of being stranded on the road with a dead battery. Charging stations are popping up in cities around the U.S., but some will only recharge a Nissan Leaf, others only the Chevrolet Volt. All of this is inconvenient and unsettling for owners.
One other issue is the length of time required to top off the battery. Initially owners were told it could take eight to twelve hours. Most people only have that kind of time overnight at home or at the office. To be able to drive with confidence, owners need a ‘quick’ charge when out shopping or other activities.
Automakers, led by those in Detroit and Europe, are attempting to solve both of these concerns. They are working together to develop what is being called DC-fast charging with a ‘Combined Charging System.’