CHAdeMO Position In Europe Still Unclear Despite Political Assurances Otherwise

11 months ago by Mark Kane 2

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After our highly-commented post on the European Parliament draft that suggested the CHAdeMO standard would be banned after 2018, we received some e-mail from Fiona Hall (Member of the European Parliament) on behalf of the leaders of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament.

Fiona Hall basically told us that CHAdeMO termination is not the case.

Original draft conditions were:

Amendment:
“Direct Current (DC) fast recharging points for electric vehicles may be alternatively equipped with connectors of Type “CHAdeMO” for a transitional period ending on 31 December 2018.”

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But let’s look at that e-mail content to us from Ms. Hall, which is now also on the author’s website and CHAdeMO’s website:

No electric car charger ban – Hall
August 12, 2013 4:24 PM

Following a meeting with representatives from Nissan and ZeroCarbonFutures, the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament, Fiona Hall MEP, has quashed industry rumours that the CHAdeMO quick chargers widely installed across the UK and Europe will be banned under draft European legislation.

North East Euro MP Fiona, who sits on the Industry Committee in the European Parliament, said: “CHAdeMO quick chargers are not going to be banned.

“The draft legislation proposes the introduction of a new, additional quick charger called Combo although there a currently no Combo chargers or Combo-compatible cars on the road.

“I will be working to make sure that the legal text states clearly that CHAdeMO chargers will continue in use and that the new regulations from 2018 are all about introducing multi-standard chargers so that all types of electric vehicles are catered for.

“These multi-standard chargers are currently being installed under the TEN-T project by a consortium of Nissan, BMW, ESB, Renault and VW. This is exactly the joint technological approach which is needed to give all users of electric vehicles the access to quick chargers they need.”

Of course, nobody ever stated that the already installed chargers will be shut off, only that after 2018, it could be a problem to add new CHAdeMO units with all consequences working in favor of non-CHAdeMO supporters.

If CHAdeMO connectors will be legal only in the universal multi-connector fast chargers, then this will force automakers such as Nissan to install the multi-standard chargers just to get more CHAdeMO-capable units deployed.

Or, if we look at it in a different way, what if BMW and VW were forced to install CHAdeMO in their multi-connector fast chargers?

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2 responses to "CHAdeMO Position In Europe Still Unclear Despite Political Assurances Otherwise"

  1. io says:

    Thanks for the update, Mark! Now why the twisted wording in the title? What’s “still unclear”?

    Both the original draft, and now this clarification, are unambiguous: CHAdeMO is officially recognized as one of two quick-charging standards in Europe. Companies are free to install CCS and/or CHAdeMO as they please.

    Starting 2019, new directives may impose that new QCs cater to “all types of EVs”. This includes CHAdeMO for sure, Mennekes 3-phase AC unless Renault decides to ditch its big onboard charger… and CCS, assuming it takes off, but we have yet to see that.

    If anything is unclear at this point, as has been from the very start, it’s whether _CCS_ will prove successful enough to make the cut past 2018.

    1. Brian says:

      I think it’s unclear what happens after 2018. Can you install a CCS only, but if you install CHAdeMO, it has to be paired with a CCS? Has the EU not made up its mind yet what happens? Will they reevaluate the situation then?