Eight of the automotive world’s biggest names have committed to a new common fast-charging connector, which is set to greatly reduce charge times for EV and PHEV models.
Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen will begin fitting the new connector to vehicles from 2013.
The new design is a result of a collaboration between the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
However, the new design combines the existing alternating current (AC) connector, with a 2-pin direct current (DC) connector.
This will enable either AC or DC Level 1 and Level 2 charging in the one connection, which could reduce charge times for most EV/PHEVs to 15-20 mins when connected to a suitable power source.
The reduced charge time will be welcome news for EV owners, considering current charge times generally take multiple hours.
All Australian EV charging infrastructure has been set up to suit the J1772 connector, but will still be able to connect to vehicles using the new design.
The new connector will be demonstrated at the Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 (EVS26) that runs from May 6-9 in Los Angeles.