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Friday, October 14, 2011

Automakers Agree On Electric Car Universal Plug For Smart Grid

It looks like the major automakers have now officially decided on a universal charger so electric cars can plug into the Smart Grid.

According to Smart Planet.com:

"At an announcement made at the Society of German Engineers’ 15th International Electronic Systems for Motor Vehicles Conference yesterday, the car companies signed the Combined Charging System — which will give all upcoming EVs the same charging interface. The interface will be capable of one-phase AC charging, rapid three-phase AC charging, at-home DC charging or ultra-fast DC charging at public charging stations. This essentially means that there won’t be a separate wire for rapid charging, or home/wall outlets.

The automakers also agreed to use HomePlug Green Phy as the communication protocol. This method will facilitate the integration of electric cars into smart grid applications."

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