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The three mega powers in the plug-in vehicle industry have come together to discuss something that forever may change the electric vehicle segment.
Nissan, BMW and Tesla are reportedly in discussions to cooperate on charging networks. Details on the precise aspects of these discussions are unknown at this time, but Financial Times is reporting (via undisclosed inside sources) that Nissan has joined the party.
Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that BMW met secretly (more details on this meeting to come soon) with Tesla to discuss various electric vehicle topics of interest, including charging networks.
But now we get word that Nissan, the world leader in electric vehicles, is in on the action too. Per Financial Times' undisclosed Nissan source:
“Nissan welcomes any initiative to expand the volumes of electric vehicles. Nissan is the market leader in EVs and has worked with other manufacturers to help proliferate the technology.”
Quoting Financial Times:
"Nissan, BMW and Tesla are keen to collaborate on creating possible global vehicle-charging standards, the sources said."
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“It is obviously clear that everyone would benefit if there was a far more simple way for everyone to charge their cars,” said one executive, who declined to be named as the plans are not yet official.
Tesla's stance is that all automakers need to adopt a single, universal fast-charge standard. Of course, Tesla believes that standard should be the Supercharger, but the automaker is likely open to other solutions too. Per Musk:
"It is obviously clear that everyone would benefit if there was a far more simple way for everyone to charge their cars."
In time, we should get details on what's being collectively discussed between BMW, Nissan and Tesla. The details will, of course, be of extreme importance to us. However, even without those details, just hearing that BMW, Nissan and Tesla have met to discuss an aspect of electric vehicles is monumental.
When/if the world's three plug-in vehicle mega powers unite, the entire electric vehicle industry will be forever changed. Surely in a positive way.
Source: Financial Times