Spark EV First New EV to Adopt New Fast Charging Standard

MAY 4 2012 BY JAY COLE 12

Yesterday, eight major automakers and both the Society of International Engineers and European manufacturing association (ACEA) got together at EVS26 in Los Angeles and debuted the “new standard” for DC fast charging, the Combined Charging System (link).

However, many questions still remained. Would this group be strong enough to dethrone the existing CHAdeMO standard for fast charging, which is already found on all EVs on the road today, and on charging stations throughout Europe, Japan and California? What would established EV makers like Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota, that are currently backing CHAdeMO do? And when will retail customers actually see the “new standard” on the road?

To that end, it would seem GM will be taking the first step to getting wheels on the road, by offering the new system in their new, all electric product, the Chevrolet Spark EV. Said to begin the production processĀ in January of 2013, and then later introduced as a 2014 model later in the year, GM spokesman Kevin Kelly said the Spark EV will offer the new Combined Charging System on board when production does begin, making it the first announced new electric offering to thrown down the challenge to CHAdeMO.

Now where you are going to plug your Spark EV in when your away from home with only CHAdeMO charging stations dotting the landscape? That’s another story. The Combined Charging System is only “projected” to be available by the end of this year, and in limited availability.

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So isn’t California in the process of installing many, many CHADEMO stations? It would be nice if some groups could petition California to install the new SAE standard instead. Seems like that would go a long way in making all automakers embrace it.

One standard seems like the way to go for sure.

BMW may be a close second to offer the combo plug in its i3, 2013 should be an interesting year …

I have been waiting for a cheap and basic EV, the spark I think is going to be it. I dont like it being made in Korea and not the US but excited to hear production starts in January. I hope it will be well under 30,000

Yes Rick,
Seems like the basic Spark ICE version was going to be 12000. If the battery was 10000$ then that would make the Spark EV 22000$.

Imagine if they could do 19900$.

That would be great.

Well, it looks as though GM is at it again! In the late 90s and early 2000s, GM designed and built their induction paddle charging for their EV1 and S-10 EV and would not change it to comform to other charging. Ford used the Avcon direct charging and Toyota used the Yazaki direct charging(J1772). Toyota caved and starting to use the large induction paddle and then the small induction paddle as GM changed it. J1772 is the current world wide standard 220v charging. GM is just going to shoot themselves in the foot again!!

@LewG. I know it’s trendy to jump on the “bash GM” bandwagon, but I don’t think you heard the whole story. The universal standard is 4 chargers in 1. J1772 for 120 and 240v AC charging, and an additional plug for DC Fast charging. The standard was just adopted by every EV manufacturer except Nissan and Mitsubishi. GM is building to the new standard with the Spark.

It’s an SAE standard, not a one off GM design.

$22,000 for a golf cart with nice seats and some stuff you can do at your PC or Mac?

It’s the cheapest EV out there….or will be.

and that’s really what needs to happen.

The Chinese will see to it. (and the Koreans of course)

If this is the new SAE standard, then as a fellow engineer I am all for it for my next electric vehicle. Tesla will probably add an adapter for their models (S and X), and all the American manufacturers will use it, too. If Toyota, Nissan, and Mitsubishi don’t agree to using it on their EVs, well they could stop selling their vehicles in America and sell them elsewhere. American brands have sufficient EV models to cover our domestic needs without the imports. Besides, they don’t want their natives to buy our exports anyway, since they add high tariffs, while America can’t do the same to their imported vehicles.

We may finally see our trade balanced by not buying any of their EVs. And we will see the end of oil imports by the widespread use of American Evs.

One request of the Spark – Export Power.

This will add value to the car as an emergency power supply for the home, or camping.

For less than $20K, you get a fast charging EV and an emergency backup power. Great deal.

A rocket mode is nice too to smoke the Lamborghini.