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Electric cars in China

China and Japan seek common charging standards for electric vehicles

Compatible systems could smooth way for plug-in autos into Chinese market

There are now competing charging standards for electric vehicles. (Photo by Takeshi Shiraishi)

TOKYO -- China's state-owned power utility has offered to collaborate with a Japanese industry group to develop a unified standard governing the charging of electric vehicles, which could cut manufacturing costs and fuel the spread of the autos.

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