Electric Car Charging Standard Nears Vote

J1772 would become national standard in North America by early 2010.

Published: 22-Oct-2009

Automakers are expected to vote this week on a standard for cables and plugs that will be used to charge plug-in hybrid and electric cars.

The Society of Automotive Engineers has been working on the standard, called J1772, for the past two and half years, and it is expected to take a vote this week, said Britta Gross, director of global energy systems, infrastructure and commercialization at General Motors, over a web chat Tuesday.

"All major automakers are expected to agree to adhere to these charging standards. All infrastructure that goes in from now on should be J1772 compliant so all plug-in vehicles can use it," Gross wrote.


Honda Insight was first car to utilize UltraBattery, driving 100,000 miles.

The technology is approximately 70 per cent cheaper than the batteries currently used in hybrid electric vehicles.

Lead-acid batteries in Orion hybrid-electric transit bus has proven far from reliable, TTC claims.

The hybrids on order for 2009 will still be delivered, and will be fitted with lithium-ion batteries instead of the lead-acid ones that have been lasting only 18 months instead of the four years expected.

General Electric also has financial interest in Think electric car.

GE has now invested another $30 million in A123, raising total investment to $55 million and giving it a 9 percent equity stake.


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