The CHAdeMO Association, whose plug-in vehicle-recharging standard is backed by Japanese automakers, says it's working on a protocol for fast-charging systems designed especially for electric vehicles that can go at least 200 miles on a single charge. CHAdeMO's new standards will allow for a 150-kW power transfer, up from the current maximum of 100 kW, according to Hybrid Cars. A protocol for stations with a 350-kW capacity may be in place by 2018.

The first installations of such stations with higher power capacity may take place as early as next year. That's a good thing because Nissan is readying itself to put out its next-generation Leaf EV, which will need a range of at least 200 miles to compete with the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3.

While the Japanese automakers back the CHAdeMO standard for fast charging, US and European automakers are behind the competing Combined Charging Standard (CCS), which is also known as SAE Combo. The CCS system was first unveiled in 2012, first installed in 2013, and is supported by companies such as BMW, General Motors, Ford, and Volkswagen. They all say it's better than CHAdeMO because it allows for a single port to be used for both Level 2 and DC fast charges, whereas CHAdeMO requires two separate ports. But the CCS system had a bit of a setback earlier this year after GM, which is preparing to debut the 200-mile-range Chevrolet Bolt EV, said it wouldn't provide funding towards CCS fast-charging infrastructure.

Meanwhile, CHAdeMO, which is supported by Nissan, Toyota, and Mitsubishi, appears to be making inroads in Europe. In March, the CHAdeMO Association said it was planning to install more than 500 DC fast chargers throughout Europe by the end of the year, with the European Union kicking in some funding for infrastructure.

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