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CHAdeMO Quick-Charging Association Officially Launches

Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor, Mitsubishi Motors, Fuji Heavy Industries and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) have formally established the CHAdeMO Association (earlier post), with those five companies as its executive members. The association aims to increase quick-charger installations worldwide indispensable to further diffusion of electric vehicles and to standardize how to charge the vehicles


Last August, Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors, Fuji Heavy Industries, and TEPCO started a preparatory committee. Toyota subsequently joined the committee.

As of today, 158 business entities and government bodies including 20 foreign companies are expected to join the Association, such as automakers, electric utilities, charger manufacturers, charging service providers, and other supporting groups.

The Association will promote the electric vehicles through the efforts of technical improvements of quick chargers, standardization activities of charging methods, and the international extension of knowledge related to quick-charger installations.

“CHAdeMO” is a trade name of quick charging method that this Association is proposing globally as an industry standard. CHAdeMO is an abbreviation of “CHArge de MOve”, equivalent to “charge for moving”, and is a pun for “O cha demo ikaga desuka” in Japanese, meaning “Let’s have a tea while charging” in English.



Quick (10 minutes or less); Medium (100 minutes or less);
Slow-residential (10 hours or less) standardized but evolutive EV charge stations will be a must worldwide.

Electrical utility services + EV manufacturers are better qualified than current liquid fuel suppliers to design, manufacture, distribute and install future EV-charging stations.

Proximity to E-power distribution centers instead of current gas stations will probably be considered for Quick Charge Stations. Medium speed charge stations could be installed in most public parking lots, street sides etc. Slow charge stations could be for private over night parking lots and residences. All charge stations could operate with existing credit-debit cards.

Henry Gibson

Plug-In-Hybrid cars of 30 mile electric range are adequate for most automobile uses to reduce liquid fuel consumption to zero for most automobile uses. For longer distances, fuel efficiency is still very high. The US should start the massive building and operation of coal to automotive fuels and jet fuels factories immediatly and tax imported oil at a rate of 35$ or more forever. With that tax the factories will be more profitable and energy efficient than all the corn ethanol that could be used. ..HG..



I basically agree with you but would up the proposed tax to $0.35 every year till it reaches $3.50/gal. That way, it would give a full 10 years for the local liquid fuel producers to replace the essential imported oil and/or replace much of it with PHEVs and BEVs.

How could you discriminate between imported and locally produced liquid fuel without having to face the WTA rulings? An equivalent tax based on carbon emissions, regardless of the fuel source, would be more acceptable at large.

With future 1000+ Wh/Kg batteries, e-range on most PHEVs could easily be extended to 150+ Km and 500+ Km for BEVs. That will further reduce liquid fuel consumption.

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