European car manufacturers have agreed to adopt joint specifications for electric vehicles to connect to energy grids, paving the way for 'rapid progress' in developing charging technology across the continent.
The agreements should mean no risk of parallel technologies developing that could require EV owners to carry multiple charging cables, as with mobile phone chargers.
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The recommendations also provide 'decisive guidance' to governments planning public charging spots and could form the basis for a global standard, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).
“This is an important step towards the successful deployment of electrically chargeable vehicles in Europe. A uniform and user-friendly charging infrastructure is a prerequisite to build a market", said Ivan Hodac of ACEA.
A uniform solution is slated to become standard for all new vehicle types by 2017, with recommendations for quick charging and heavy-duty vehicles shortly.