Gallery: Lack of Standard for Fast-Charging EV Stations Means Some Cars...


Without an established industry standard for quick-charge electric vehicle (EV) stations, the city of Chicago has still decided to go ahead with a program to install seventy-three, $65,000 public charging stations, which would only charge Japanese-made EVs. The automotive industry has standardized 120 and 240 volt plugs — those primarily used in the home — but have not yet set a standard on the plugs or ports that can charge vehicles in 30 minutes or less. Because this, the Chevy Volt and the Ford Focus Electric will be left out in the cold when it comes to quick-charging in the Windy City.

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  1. baylion52 February 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    All NEW vehicles will work on the new J-1772 plug; however, some old EVs are Level I 110-volt plug in.

    EV-Charge America makes units with LEVEL I / II capability. Each unit can be equipped to accommodate up to 4 EVs AT ONE TIME with any combination of LEVEL I / II.

    For more information on EV-Charge America EVSEs, send me an email at

  2. baylion52 February 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I represent an EVSE manufacturer and, to my knowledge, the J1772 240 volt plug is the new international standard for all Level II charging vehicles. The only exception for new vehicles that are are not compatible is the Tesla.

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