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May 7, 2012

Seven Automakers Agree To Universal Charging System

Seven automakers have struck an agreement to adopt a universal electric vehicle charging system for plug-in hybrids.

The group is planning to create a system that makes charging an electrified car as simple as filling a gas tank.

Mike Tinskey, associate director of vehicle electrification for Ford, said the ability to quickly charge cars like the Chevrolet Volt and Ford Focus Electric is crucial in making them popular among consumers.

The seven automakers said in a press release that the charging method will be showcased at an electric vehicle conference in Los Angeles next week.

The new system will not be compatible with the technology already used by Japanese automakers, such as Nissan's Leaf electric car which uses the "CHAdeMO" system to charge.

Tinskey said Ford believes it system will be used in its vehicles beyond 2020, and a trade group of European automakers said it will start using the charging system for all new vehicle types in Europe starting in 2017.

He said charging stations, which can cost anywhere from $25,000 to $90,000, will be equipped with fast charging capabilities and could be available later this year.

The automakers promise a consistent way through the agreement to charge a car up within 15 to 20 minutes, without breaking a current Type 1AC charging implementation.

The International Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), which is the organization that is behind most automotive standards, signed off on the new system.

The company said that all of the automakers committed to the new Combined Charging System  have vehicles in development.

The companies included in the agreement are Ford, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen.