Chargeway electric-car charging symbols for Chevrolet Volt, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model SEnlarge Photo
"A common standard of words, symbols, and meanings is desperately needed," Balch said.
"The Chargeway concept translates complex EV terminology into a simple and easy-to-understand language that can be used on vehicles, in dealerships, at charging stations, even on highway signs."
"Government, automakers, electric utilities, and charging-station providers should all get on board as soon as possible,” he concluded.
"The Chargeway description of the various types and speeds of EV charging makes it super easy and simple for consumers to understand," added Katherine Stainken, policy director for advocacy group Plug In America.
"The system adapts the way drivers of a gas car think about filling up to how electric-car charging works," she continued, which can definitely help us achieve mass adoption of EVs more quickly, and make the charging experience for new drivers seamless."
Chargeway electric-car charging symbol inside charge-port doorEnlarge Photo
Teske is continuing to talk to a variety of parties about Chargeway, with hopes of getting a pilot project underway—perhaps in the Portland area—to test the concept within several weeks.
For those seeking more information, Teske activated the Chargeway website just before he walked into the first day of the EV Roadmap conference.
EDITOR'S NOTE: In the spirit of full disclosure, Green Car Reports editor John Voelcker is one of several members of the council of advisers for Forth, the former Drive Oregon.