Germans Agree On A Common Plug
Germany doesn’t have an EV yet, but they already have a standard fort he EV plug. I would expect no less from my countrypersons. Before they do anything new, they first create a standard for it. Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen have agreed to support a connector system for the charging of electric vehicles based on IEC standard 62196-2. The five German vendors invited utility providers and other OEMs to join the group. Given Volkswagen’s monstrous market share in Europe, there won’t be much other choice for the juice.
According to EE Times, the OEMs have agreed upon a modular concept that has AC as base functionality, with DC charging as a future option. High voltage high-current DC charging is seen as essential for a fast charge. The connector has been submitted for standardization under the designation IEC 62196-2 Type 2 and supports single-phase and three-phase AC. The connector provides network connectivity over CAN bus and power line communications according to ISO/IEC 15118. The connector battles with a Japanese one, the CHAdeMO, based on a JARI Level 3 DC fast charge connector, and with the American SAE J1772 connector. It looks like the Japanese are ahead in the game, and the Germans would have done better with adopting the Japanese standard.
Another thing I learned about technology, once you have it standardized, it's considered obsolete. Obsolete even before an electric car even makes it to market.
We Americans cannot even get with the metric system. Let alone join with the rest of the world on any other standards that we did not start ourselves.
I miss Opel, especially as it is the only German car maker with an electric car on the market
Aren't we overlooking the obvious? The most basic, common plug standard of all common plugs- jumper cables!! Yes folks, I'm being facetious. Have a great Saturday.