Agreement Reached on Common ‘Plug’ for Electric Cars (Apr.20 , 2009) — To develop a common plug is a big step towards the mass production of electric cars.

plugcarThe automotive and energy companies have made an agreement to make common “plug” to recharge electric cars.

The three-point, 400-volt plug, will be launched on Monday at the world’s biggest industrial technology fair in Hanover, Northern Germany, this plug will allow electric cars to be recharged anywhere within minutes.

“A car must be able to be recharged in Italy in exactly the same way as in Denmark, Germany or France,” an RWE spokeswoman, Caroline Reichert, said.

The agreement to make a common plug represents several major automakers, including Volkswagen, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Fiat, Toyota and Mitsubishi.

Energy firms signed up to the accord include Eon, Vattenfall, EDF, Npower, Endesa and Enel.

Berlin hopes that one million electric cars will be on the road by 2020. RWE and Daimler launched a pilot project in Berlin in September.

2 thoughts on “Agreement Reached on Common ‘Plug’ for Electric Cars

  • April 22, 2009 at 4:08 am

    hope it is going to be the same plug on other continents too, but I doubt it.

  • April 22, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Wow, that was quick .. good for them! Standards for this type of thing is very important .. especially if you want broad market support (which they do).

    “When getting people to try new things or convincing them to change the way they are used to doing things, it’s a really good idea to first minimize as many reasons/excuses the consumer might give as an excuse to NOT use your product.”

    -A famous quote by Me. 🙂

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