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.