Intertek Approval Applies to EV Chargers with SAE Combo,
‘Goes a Long Way Toward Resolving the VHS/Betamax Issue’
Efacec says it’s the first company to receive ETL certification for the SAE Combo-connected electric vehicle fast charger, applicable to U.S.- and European-built EVs. “This means the units will now be able to serve all electric plug-in vehicles available in the U.S. that are capable of receiving a DC Fast Charge,” Efacec says.
“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,” Efacec North America COO Jorge Guerra said in a release.
“Efacec is now the first DC Fast Charger manufacturer to obtain ETL certification for the SAE Combo DC Fast Charge standard,” Guerra said. “Our new combo fast charger can now serve both systems.”
The newer SAE J1772 Combo currently supports only GM’s Chevrolet Spark EV, Efacec says, noting that but BMW and Volkswagen plan to release vehicles in 2014 that will also accept this type of DC Fast Charge.
Made in Georgia, Made in Portugal
Efacec adds that it’s already certified for fast-charging Japanese cars, including Nissan and Mitsubishi, which use the Chademo system. “With the ETL certification on the SAE Combo standard, Efacec now has available DC Fast Chargers with two connectors – one for Chademo and one for SAE. The firm’s dual connector was introduced at EVS-26 in Los Angeles last year.
“Being able to find charging stations is important to the adoption of electric vehicles,” said Efacec EV chargers sales manager Mike Anderson said in the certification announcement.
“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.”
Efacec’s QC50 Fast Chargers power-up gasoline-free plug-in vehicles in under 30 minutes, compared with Level 1 and Level 2 AC chargers, which can take several hours. The Efacec fast chargers are made at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Norcross, Ga. and also at its factory in Maia, Portugal.
ETL certifications are managed by Intertek.
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