SAE playing key roll in EV Fast Charging by 2013
Unlike Washington politics where universal acceptance and consensus appear to be an oxymoron, SAE International is playing a key roll in bringing together global automakers, especially American and European standards committees, to agree on a single yet compatible fast-charging system for EVs.
For the record, the International Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has chosen the Combined Charging System as the fast-charging methodology for a standard that incrementally extends the existing Type 1-based AC charging. This allows for all four charging options, including the following: 120VAC; 220VAC; DC at Home; Ultra-Fast DC at Public Charging Stations.
Now, global automakers from the United States and Germany will demonstrate fast-charging technology, with live-charging demonstrations conducted during the Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 (EVS26) May 6-9. Behind the scenes, though, the International Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has done more than just choose the Combined Charging System, it builds global consensus on what already is working and acceptable.
It was just about a week ago that the SAE World Congress 2012 met in Detroit’s Cobo Center. While there were plenty of charging stations, including the wireless system displayed by Delphi (Read: Delphi Go Wireless EV charger in full regalia at SAE World Congress ), it seems the best news was being held in reserve for the Electric Vehicle Symposium.