The association representing the world's most prevalent fast-charging standard may be based in Japan, and the region in question might be Europe, but the CHAdeMO Association made its feelings clear about the European Commission's (EC) charging-infrastructure strategy in very, very plain English.

The CHAdeMO Association says its "disappointed" that its fast-charging standard, backed by automakers such as Nissan, Toyota and Mitsubishi, was left out of the EC's specs for DC fast-charging. Why the hate, the group wondered, when there are more than 600 CHAdeMO chargers serving more than 20,000 CHAdeMO-equipped vehicles across the continent.

CHAdeMO was launched in 2010 and is the quick-charging standard of choice for vehicles like the Nissan Leaf. Conversely, European and US automakers support the less-established SAE quick-charging standard, claiming it is better because it requires just one port for both fast- and standard-charging.

Earlier this week, the CHAdeMO Association said the number of quick-charging stations worldwide doubled last year and will double again this year to more than 4,000 units. While most of the stations are in Japan, the number of Europe's stations almost quadrupled last year. Check out the CHAdeMO Association's statement below.
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CHAdeMO Statement on European Commission Clean Power for Transport Package

PARIS, January 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The European Commission today (January 24, 2013) published the Clean Power for Transport (CPT) package, including a policy paper on an alternative fuels strategy and the recommendation for standardization on recharging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

It is encouraging to see clear targets for the deployment of a minimum number of recharging stations at a national level, which signals the momentum to pick up on Zero Emissions mobility.

However, the CHAdeMO association is disappointed by the exclusion of CHAdeMO standardization in the DC fast charging specification.

The CHAdeMO standard is used by more than 600 chargers across Europe in Norway, Netherlands, UK, France, and Estonia. There are more than 20,000 CHAdeMO-equipped vehicles on the road in Europe, demonstrating that customers and investors have taken a vested interest in the adoption of electric vehicles. They should not be excluded from this initiative.

We request the European Commission consider a dual charging system for DC fast charging with CHADeMO and CCS (combined charging system) that will allow use by the majority of current and future electric vehicles. From a cost point of view, there are significant commonalities between the two devices of more than 80%, with the only difference relating to communication protocol and charging gun.

The adoption of a technology-neutral approach not only reflects market realities but also ensures that multi-standard Combo2/CHAdeMO DC chargers are deployed. If this path is taken, Europe will leverage significant investment already made in the member states, and will be able to build a quicker and strong zero-emissions transportation network.


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