MikeinDenver wrote:I misunderstood your post then. I read through this whole thread and to me it seems as though companies are just trying to do the whole Betamax vs. VHS all over again. Which doesn't benefit the consumer one bit.
I disagree, to a certain extent. In an ideal world we'd have a single standard early, and every company would do their best to improve that standard. In the real world, CHAdeMO in the U.S. was only being installed with government funds, and once those ran out Nissan was doing virtually nothing to increase CHAdeMO installations. It was only the embarrassment of Tesla with their SC network, and the potential competition from CCS that got them off their butts even a little. Competition is good; if less than the ideal efficiency, it's a lot better than nothing.
And the threat of Frankenplug opened up the CHAdeMO specification, much like Tesla has just done.
I personally think it will be tough for Japan to adopt Supercharger, and they surely won't adopt Frankenplug, but if just one company builds a Supercharger and one auto manufacturer adopts Frankenplug (I'm rooting for Mercedes), then the chips just might fall in the US in favor of Supercharger.
For Europe, I think Germany and German auto makers would otherwise continue to push for regulatory methods to force Frankenplug in Europe, however so far, they haven't been altogether successful blocking CHAdeMO, Supercharger and Chameleon. If just Mercedes jumps ship (remember, they are part owners of Tesla and have not built a single car with any DC or fast AC charging standard), things would get interesting very fast.