Nissan Leaf connector

Craig Childers, a zero-emissions specialist at the California Air Resources Board (CARB), said it appears that the U.S. is leaning towards the adoption of a non-CHAdeMO quick-charge standard for plug-in vehicles, according to All Cars Electric. Though Childers admits that this is not a "done deal," he claims that "automotive companies are lobbying for only one opening for powering the car to allow for cleaner design."

Supposedly, the U.S.' quick-charge standard will be based on the Society of Automotive Engineer's (SAE) recommendation for a single-port, multi-function connector, rather than both the CHAdeMO and J1772 connectors. The SAE's proposed format has a J1772 connector embedded within an array of input pins, the latter of which would be utilized for Level 3 charging. If the SAE adopts this proposed format, then vehicles equipped with a CHAdeMO connector would need to be retrofitted to utilize quick-charge stations in the U.S.

[Source: All Cars Electric | Image: Jonas Dalidd / AOL]