As pundits agonize over the senseless war of the fast charging standards, EVSE manufacturers are simply sidestepping the issue by building chargers that support both systems.
Efacec, a Portuguese company that has its US headquarters in Norcross, Georgia, has received certification from the electrical product safety organization ETL to produce chargers compatible with the new SAE Combo fast charging standard, and will begin selling DC fast chargers with two connectors – one for CHAdeMO and one for SAE. It introduced its dual connector model at last year’s EVS26 Exhibition in Los Angeles.
“This goes a long way toward resolving the VHS/Betamax-type issue, where Japanese-made cars require one type of charger, and American/European cars require another,” said Jorge Guerra, Efacec’s Chief Operating Officer for North America. “Efacec is now the first manufacturer to obtain ETL certification for the SAE Combo standard. Our new combo fast charger can now serve both systems.”
“Being able to find charging stations is important to the adoption of electric vehicles,” said Mike Anderson, Efacec’s EV Chargers Sales Manager. “People don’t want to worry about being away from home and running out of juice. To be first with dual connector capability is a victory worth celebrating.”
Source: Efacec USA