Thought of the Day: EU Charging Complications (Mark, 14 March 2014)

Mark responds to Nikki’s thoughts from yesterday on ‘Game-Changing’ cars and talks about EU charging complications.

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  • lad76

    MarK:nIt’s not too late for a standard plug. You can bet in the future one plug will win out over the others and become the defacto standard. However, it may take a long time. I believe the best bet would be on Tesla because they have the most Superchargers and are building more…what do you think would happen if tomorrow, Tesla said we are opening our stations to all EVs for a small fee. Of course, Tesla would plan for the added volume; and, of course, they would sell an adapter. Musk doesn’t do things without good planning. I see future Tesla’s stations charged by wind and solar with large storage batteries and plugs in place to accommodate many EVs. In fact, I see them selling surplus power to the grid once the batteries are fully charged…future vision is my friend!

  • Surya

    Wanted to comment on Youtube, but apparently you need to use your G+ account now. Frack that.nnThis matter is indeed getting a bit complicated, but as long as owners of EVs get educated about which cable does what for them, that shouldn’t pose too much of a problem. So please BMW dealers: tell your i3 buyers not to use AC fast charging if a 7kWh AC charger is available, so those who can use the AC fast charging aren’t blocked buy a car who can’t use it.