The war is (still) over: France will no longer require fast chargers to support CHAdeMO

A generational struggle for hearts and minds is underway, and all of humanity is divided. However, the eventual outcome of the war has been clear for some time. When Nissan announced in 2020 that it would implement the CCS fast charging standard in US and European markets, it became plain that the days of the rival CHAdeMO standard were numbered (Nissan continues to use CHAdeMO in Japan, for now).

Now France has become the latest market to signal the fading fortunes of the CHAdeMO standard. In 2017, the French government decreed that DC fast charging stations include both CHAdeMO and CCS connectors. A new directive has ended that requirement. From now on, implementation of CHAdeMO will be optional for newly installed or replaced fast charging stations in France—only CCS for DC charging and Type 2 (22 kW) for AC charging will be required.

Most EV manufacturers have implemented CCS in European markets, and are moving away from CHAdeMO. However, there are still over 20,000 Nissan Leafs on French roads, as well as substantial numbers of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and its rebadged variants the Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-Zero, many of which have CHAdeMO ports. Existing CHAdeMo chargers operated by Ionity and other networks will surely remain in service for years to come.

Source: Electrive