CHAdeMO Association recently happily responded on the final draft for the Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, in which the words "transitional period" disappeared for new CHAdeMO installations.

"The European Parliament has adopted today with overwhelming support the final draft for the Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure1. CHAdeMO Association welcomes the decision by Europe to endorse the dual-standard approach to DC fast charging. By clearly recognizing “multistandard recharging” and protecting the interest of the first-mover EV drivers as well as Member States, EU has aligned the legislation with the present state of the market and left the door open for future evolutions."

"The recital2 of this directive clearly advocates that existing EVs shall continue to be able to charge, and that the existing infrastructure remain in operation without retrofitting or any arbitrary “transitional period.” CHAdeMO appreciates this as a clear recognition of the over 1,000 CHAdeMO chargers currently in operation in Europe, servicing 36,000 users every day."

EU still would like to have one standard for charging electrified vehicles - Type 2 for AC charging (both normal/slow up to 22 kW and fast like in Renault ZOE) and Combo 2 for DC. But now this matter is more clear.

Now, and for about three years into the future, everybody can install public charging points of whichever type they want. After three years, from the entry into force of this Directive, there still will be a possibility to install any charging point provided it has one Type 2 AC plug (for AC charging points) or one Combo 2 plug (for DC charging points). This mean that sole CHAdeMO will not be allowed, but CHAdeMO and Combo 2 will.

If the number of CHAdeMO-ready cars are high enough (compared to Combo 2-ready cars), operators probably will be installing multi standard chargers and both solutions will stay for a long time just like fuel distributors (gasoline/diesel), however differences between them will not be in fuel (both are electricity) but in the standard itself, which is due to the absence of an early agreement between carmakers or early regulation from EU.

"We believe that this political decision shall speed up the deployment of DC fast chargers in Europe, leading to an accelerated adoption of EVs. EU has taken an important step forward to achieving its goals to reduce the EU transport sector’s dependence on oil and curb its climate impact."

Toshiyuki Shiga, the President of CHAdeMO Association, stated:

“Europe sends loud and clear a message to reassure EV drivers that they have made the right choice and that multi standard chargers are the answer to allow all EV drivers to charge at all stations.”

Fragment from the final draft for the Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure

Fragment from the final draft for the Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure

Fragment from the final draft for the Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure

Fragment from the final draft for the Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure

Full text can be found here.