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 fast charging protocol is an interesting beast. Developed by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) along with Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru), CHAdeMO is a DC fast-charging protocol for electric vehicles. What's unusual is that any company can use CHAdeMO without paying royalties or any other fees to the developers. Hiroaki Takatsu, TEPCO's executive director, spoke about the technology at the 2010 Driving Sustainability conference in Reykjavík
The smiling logo to the right is the symbol of the newly established CHAdeMO Association, a partnership between Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Fuji Heavy Industries and the Tokyo Electric Power Company. All of these organizations have at least one foot in the electric vehicle door (Nissan is diving in head first) and are the executive members of CHAdeMO, which "aims to increase quick-charger installations worldwide indispensable to further diffusion of electric vehicles and to standardize how to c