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Japan and China agree to set common charging standards for EVs

Unified rules could make them the de facto choice for global manufacturers

A charging station for electric vehicles at Nissan Motor headquarters in Yokohama: Japanese and Chinese organizations plan to develop a common charging standard. (Photo by Maho Obata)

TOKYO -- Industry groups in Japan and China agreed Wednesday to create a common charging standard for electric vehicles.

The CHAdeMO Association, a Tokyo-based organization that promotes an electric vehicle charging standard of the same name, will sign an official agreement this month with the China Electricity Council, which is pushing its own GB/T charging standard.

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