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First Car Sold With CCS Fast Charging Now Delayed To December


2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

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The rollout of the Combined Charging Standard (CCS) for electric-car fast charging has hit a small speed bump.

General Motors has pushed back the launch of the first CCS-equipped car to December, according to InsideEVs.

GM originally said it would offer CCS--which combines "J-1772" Level 2 and DC fast charging connections into one connector--as an option on the Chevrolet Spark EV in Fall 2013, but the launch has now been delayed until "late December."

GM spokesman Kevin Kelly told Green Car Reports that the first CCS-equipped Spark EVs will enter production this month.

They then have to be shipped from Korea to the U.S. and distributed to dealers, leading to the late December date.

The option could cost between $500 and $1,000.

CCS was designed by U.S. and German car makers as an alternative to the existing CHAdeMO standard, used by the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

However, while several car makers have signed on to use CCS with future products, only two cars designed to use the standard will make it into customer hands anytime soon.

The 2014 Chevy Spark EV is one; the other is the 2014 BMW i3, which won't arrive in the United States in volume until the second quarter of 2014.

In addition to the CHAdeMO standard used by the Leaf and i-MiEV, Tesla Motors has its own Supercharger quick-charging system.

To date, there is only one public CCS charging station in the U.S. It opened earlier this week at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego.

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