Nissan Moves On From The CHAdeMO To The CCS Fast-Charger
We are more than elated for the arrival of the 2022 Nissan Ariya electric SUV, it’s quite obvious that the fruition of this concept could be the catalyst for the resurgence of the brand and its reputation, especially since they have already been pushing electric vehicles for quite some time and have gained an overwhelming amount of popularity with them worldwide. With the rebirth of one concept comes the death of another, more specifically the US and Europe standard CHAdeMO DC, instead the automaker is embracing the competing Combined Charging System (CCS).
The CHAdeMO was developed in 2010 and formed by Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). It had a standard but intricate 10-pin connector and high-voltage, high-current stations that gave way for fast-charging electric vehicles that were compatible. Throughout the years, this charging system improved from its ability to power up originally 75 miles in 25 minutes, and also bettered with vehicle data connectivity and bi-direction flow; this allowed charging by vehicle-to-grid.
With the help of Nissan’s fully electric Leaf, it became the world’s largest all-electric car, with the Leaf being the top-selling electric vehicle of the automaker as well as the top-selling highway-competent PHEV in history. The Leaf was also the first vehicle to be paired up with the CHAdeMO in 2010, the year after, the CHAdeMO-compatible model of all-electric Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV came onto the scene.
However, in the present day, these standard CHAdeMO-compatible vehicles will be sure to die out soon enough, since automakers like Hyundai, Kia, and Honda are making the transition from the CHAdeMO system to the CCS (Combined Charging System) standard in North American and Europe. It appears that Nissan is now following suit with its 2022 Ariya.
According to the US Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, despite the fact that the CCS only arrived a year later, there are only more of these stations in the U.S (3,174) as there are CHAdeMO (3,307). Additionally, because a lot of these stations include various CCS plugs rather than one, the newer protocol actually involves more outlets, not to mention these particular stations charge much faster.
The CCS station takes the lead again, since most US CHAdeMO stations are restricted to only 50 kilowatts as opposed to 350 kilos with the CCS. Moreover, Nissan and the EVgo company recently promised to construct 200 CHAdeMO 100-kW stations, however, this plan may have to change, since the Aryia is said to back up to 130-kilos of fast charging, therefore, CCS might be the only way to bring this vision into actuality.
“We are just following the customer,” said Nissan Senior VP Ivan Espinosa. “This is what we do. And if the customer is expecting this because it’s more popular, and easy to access the infrastructure under CCS, we will do that. This is what we’ve decided to do in the case of the Ariya for the US.”
“We will keep using CHAdeMO in other parts of the world,” said Espinosa, explaining that Ariya vehicles sold in Japan will use and make full use of the charging standard that Nissan has supported for a decade now.
The company did not say whether or not the charging time will be different for the U.S. and European CCS-supported vehicles as opposed to the Japanese versions with CHAdeMO. As a matter of fact, the company hasn’t even determined the particular range or charging times, but those details should be nailed down closer to the SUV’s launch.
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