TomT wrote:It will be interesting to see if the 2014 Leaf continues with ChadeMo, abdicates to the SAE, has both, or goes a completely different direction as with Renault... Nissan has to see that the handwriting is on the wall...
Should SAE gain real traction (that means quite simply that there are more SAE cars and SAE Frankenplugs deployed than ChadeMo ones), then sure, it may happen.
That won't happen until 2017-2018, if ever. I'm not convinced that a new standard won't replace both Frankenplug and ChadeMo. Chrysler and Ford are not pushing the Frankenplug, just GM in the USA. How many Frankenplug cars do you think they might sell through 2020 ?
BMW will not sell as many as Nissan in the USA, simply because they'll cost more. They are hedging their bets with a petrol burning option on i3 and i8 is only petrol equipped. What's on the horizon through 2020 is a lot more Nissan EVs with ChadeMo than the competition.
Obviously, SAE and GM smell that, and are now using "standards by press release" and the old classic, "get the government to make a rule to protect and enhance your business".
Honestly, in places where it counts, like western US where most EVs will be, it will be predominantly ChadeMo. Nissan would be wise to offer access to BOTH plugs, because I KNOW that GM will be too dense to do so.
Nissan can put the Frankenplug right next to the Chademo port. Now the car would accept J1772, SAE DC, and ChadeMo.