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China taps Japan to create single standard in faster car chargers

Top safety features needed for replenishing electric vehicles 10 times quicker

A staff member hooks up a charging cable to an electric vehicle at a charging station in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China's auto sector has chosen to work with its Japanese counterparts to create a common standard in next-generation chargers for electric vehicles, with an eye on the safety features that Japan is known for.

The goal is to develop next-generation chargers with outputs of over 500 kW, or more than 10 times the current standard. That would enable quick charging of high-capacity batteries that power electric trucks and buses, and allow one charging point to accommodate nearly 10 passenger vehicles at once.

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