The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) approved a new technical standard for plug-in electric vehicles that will cut charging times from eight hours to just 20 minutes.
The standard is called ''Combo'' because it combines Level 2 (AC) and Level 3 (DC) charging. It was developed in cooperation with more than 190 automakers, utilities and equipment builders.
In 2013, GM will introduce the Chevrolet Spark EV
that will feature the fast-charging system.
Ford said that it supports the new standard as well.
Meanwhile, Tesla, Mitsubishi and Nissan use a rival system known as ''CHAdeMO.''
Source: Automotive News
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