British Gas will be the preferred supplier of vehicle charging points for Renault’s new range of zero emission fully-electric vans and cars in the UK. British Gas previously announced a similar agreement for Nissan’s electric car. Industry experts estimate that by 2012 British Gas will be the preferred supplier for 70 percent of the electric vehicle market.
At the recent Smart Grid Exhibition 2010 in Tokyo, JFE Engineering Corp revealed it is developing a “super-rapid charging system” that will directly impact electric vehicles. According to JFE, the prototype system can charge the battery of a normal electric passenger vehicle to 50 percent capacity in three minutes and to 70 percent capacity in five minutes. The convenience of near-instant charging is expected to make EVs more practical for many consumers. The drawback is, most EVs are currently not compatible with rapid charging.
ClipperCreek has begun delivery of the only UL listed, fully SAE compliant charging stations on the market. The ClipperCreek CS-40 charge stations, which have a 30 Amp charge rate, have been tested and meet the requirements of the National Electric Code (NEC625) and SAE-J1772, a North American standard for electrical connectors for EV’s maintained by the Society of Automotive Engineers,. The CS-40 units also include a universal standard electronic interface and connector, making the CS-40 compatible with all major automaker electric vehicles, including Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion BEV and all EV vehicles coming from major automakers.