SAE J-1772

  • Chargeway electric-car charging symbols for Chevrolet Volt, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S

    Pretty much everyone knows how to put fuel into a conventional car. You pull up to the pump, open the vehicle's fuel door, put a credit card into the pump, select diesel or one of three grades of gasoline, lift the hose, and pump. (In New Jersey and Oregon, someone else does this for you.) Electric-car charging isn't quite that simple. DON'T MISS: Car buyers have no idea electric-car charging stations even exist There are three types of charging, for starters: 120-volt Level 1, 240-Volt Level 2, and no fewer than three separate DC fast-charging standards. There are several different plugs...

  • SAE Combo connector in 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV prototype, Sausalito, CA, Nov 2012
    GM, BMW Complete Testing Of New CCS Quick-Charging Stations For Electric Cars

    General Motors and BMW announced on Tuesday that they had jointly completed testing new quick-charging equipment for plug-in electric cars. The charging stations, cables, and plugs were built to the new Combined Charging Standard (CCS) specification adopted by the Society of Automotive Engineers...

  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J-1772 "combo" electric-car charging plug
    SAE Finalizes New Electric Car Fast Charging “Combo Connector”

    After months of planning, the next-generation J1772 electric car charging standard has been approved by the Society of Automotive Engineers. As expected, it is based on the current J1772 Level 2 charging connector found on cars like the 2012 Nissan Leaf and 2013 Chevrolet Volt, but adds direct...

  • Tesla Roadster To J-1772 Adaptor
    Tesla Roadster Owners Get Third-Party Charging Adaptor, CAN Finally Charge

    It officially ended production last year, but the iconic Tesla Roadster is still being developed and tweaked thanks to a few enterprising Tesla owners and fans. The latest must-have for any Tesla Roadster? A small adaptor that allows Tesla Roadster owners to charge their cars at any public J-1772...

  • Combined Charging System plug for DC fast charging
    New SAE Fast-Charging Standard To Be Shown Next Week

    Remember the monstrosity we showed you that'll be your next electric car charging plug? Well, it hasn't disappeared in the intervening months, and eight global automakers are set to demonstrate the new standardized fast-charging technology this month. Developed by the International Society of...

  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J-1772 "combo" electric-car charging plug
    This Monstrosity Will Be Your Next Electric-Car Charging Plug

    It's almost the size of a misshapen softball, but it may be the charging combo you will have to use for quick charging on future electric cars. The U.S. Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is in the process of expanding its J-1772 standard for an electric-car coupler from the current round...

  • Scenes from dedication of electric-car charging station at Creekside Inn, Palo Alto, CA

    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, said the philosopher Santayana. And there seems to be a very real chance that Europe is heading toward a variety of multiple and incompatible electric-car charging standards. That's a path the U.S. rejected a decade ago. And it's one that would inconvenience all European buyers of plug-in cars. In the beginning ... So let's revisit a bit of electric-car history, shall we? Starting about 15 years ago, when major automakers built 4,400 zero-emission vehicles and sold them in California, not every model had the same charging...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf at quick-charging station
    U.S. Carmakers To Japan: Don't Need Your Stinkin' Fast-Charge

    So you bought a 2011 Nissan Leaf, and paid for the optional $700 quick-charge connector. Now you're able to get an 80-percent battery recharge in just 30 minutes, albeit from very few places right now. Promising, right? Not so fast, sonny. It appears that U.S. makers of electric cars are likely to...

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