BMW, Nissan, and Tesla – the big three EV makers want to team up on fast charging

The nascent electric vehicle industry still has not agreed on a universal standard for fast charging, but that could soon change if the three biggest players in the EV industry join forces.

Electric vehicles have only been around in force since late 2010, and even then the Tesla Model S and BMW i3 were still far from realization. Given that fact, it is not all that surprising that competitive automakers have not yet agreed on a universal standard for DC fast charging that is essential to the long-term prospects of electric vehicles.

Fortunately, that could soon change. With apologies to General Motors and their outstanding Volt plug-in hybrid, the three automakers most serious about pure EVs – BMW, Nissan, and Tesla – have engaged in talks concerning charging technology on the heels of Tesla’s patent release. Elon Musk indicated last week in a conference call that he had met with BMW executives who were interested in certain Tesla technology, and now the U.K.’s Financial Times reports that Nissan also wants in on the game.


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It certainly will be nice and promote EVs if the major players agree on and share their DC fast chargers. Just FYI the Tesla CHAdeMo adapter has been "coming soon" for months. Don't know if they really will make them available even for the expensive price.