If anyone has some decent bullet points to add to my letter, please post them. here is my letter to the SAE so far:
I have put about 13,000 miles on the electric Nissan Leaf in the last year. I am disappointed at the the SAE's apparent heel dragging on the creation of a new standard for DC Quick Charging. I'm guessing I am not the only one who has noticed that DC fast charging is key to mass adoption of EV's. Your delay in providing a new standard while at the same time denouncing the only option that is now being installed up and down the west coast is shameful and suspect.
From experience using both CHAdeMO and J1772 EVSE's, I have to say that both seem quite adequate. Introducing a new standard this late in the game is unnecessary and I believe, destructive to the adoption of electric vehicles. Had you gotten behind CHAdeMO originally, it would be available in all electric cars being planned for manufacture. Instead, some of the industry is stalled, waiting for a standard when there is already a very adequate one available.
I believe having two options for plugging in is good and should simply be adopted as is. J1772 plugs are often left on the ground, introducing dirt and moisture into the contacts in the plug. There are already hundreds of these chargers in our state, which I am thankful for, but I am glad that my CHAdeMO plug is separate and gets less wear and tear.
Your proposed combo plug, dubbed the "Frankinplug" in the EV community, is huge and unwieldy and lacks the security of a back up option, should their be a charging connector failure.
WA and OR have done the right thing and gotten behind CHAdeMO since the SAE failed to provide another viable alternative in time.
I Urge you to accept that you have waited too long, to accept that CHAdeMO is good enough and reverse your decision and quickly get behind the CHAdeMO standard so that everyone can move ahead with the creation of the critical and much needed DC fast charging network nationally."
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