posted 2 years ago

BMW, Nissan & Tesla Could Standardise Electric Car Charging

Manufacturers Rumoured To Be In Secret Talks

BMW, Nissan and Tesla might work together to create a standardised format for charging fully electric vehicles, it has been rumoured. But why? Motorists can, for example, order any petrol powered car on the market, drive to any fuel station on the planet and find a suitable pump. The same can be said for diesel powered vehicles. This, of course, makes life easy and ensures motorists can travel anywhere, any time. But this is not the case with electric vehicles that – depending on their manufacturer - have different charging requirements. Nissan, for example, recently installed its one-thousandth CHAdeMO Charger in Europe but BMW has the SAE Combo in the United States, etc. Tesla has the Supercharger. This variation has a couple of effects. Firstly, it makes the market complicated and confusing which hurts sales. Secondly, it increases cost for manufacturers and that is passed to motorists. As such - if the rumours are correct - BMW, Nissan and Tesla could create a format to be used throughout the globe. This initiative follows Tesla's recent announcement that it will – irrespective of patents – allow other companies to use its technology in their products. This should encourage innovation and increase the speed at which related concepts can be launched. 

BMW i3, Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model S

BMW, Nissan and Tesla are key players in the electric vehicle market. The BMW i3, for example, is one of the most capable offerings in this emerging sector. This five-door hatchback is therefore spacious, has a futuristic cabin and plenty of ingenious equipment. These characteristics complement the fashionable badge. Furthermore, it is very nice to drive thanks to the composed chassis and nicely weighted steering. The smooth continuously variable auto transmission is excellent too. But this fashion statement is not the only player. The Nissan LEAF five-door hatchback is the best selling electric car on the market. Sales – including the first and second generation model – have now topped one-hundred thousand and the manufacture consistently breaks its sales records. Strengths include the striking styling, comfortable cabin and the robust feel that suggests it is built to last. And that brings us to Tesla. This manufacturer produces fast and sporty cars. That is key if electric power is to be embraced by enthusiasts that love internal combustion. The Model S, after all, rockets to sixty miles per-hour in about four seconds and has excellent handling. So, come on - roll out a standard charge format.

Nissan LEAF car offers - BMW i3 car offers


It takes me less time to recharge my Tesla than it takes to fill a car with gas. I just come home from work and plug in. This take about 5 seconds. When I leave the next day, I have a full "tank" and wasted no time at a pumping station.

Hopefully by standardising car charging and other collaborations by manufacturers this will bring more realistic prices to this exiting development of automobiles. Unfortunately having just brought what will probably be my last new car, I doubt I will ever own one. But there is hope for future generations that the price will not be as prohibitive.

All very well, but when they can be charged fully in the same time that it takes to fill an conventional car with fuel, then I'll consider one but not until.