Group called Chademo, which includes several automakers and Tokyo Electric Power, will set a standard for Japan and later aim for an international standard.
Charging an electric car is not quite as easy as just plugging it in. There are different charging options that fill a car's battery and different rates.
At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Kia showed off the Soul EV, an electric car the company will market this year.
Nichicon's 375-pound chargers can output 20 to 30 kilowatts, and they take 35 to 60 minutes to charge.
Automotive News reports on Nissan's assertion that the Leaf EV can serve as backup electricity for homes.
Toyota and three other Japanese automakers together with a power company have set up a group to promote electric vehicles by standardising recharging machines and marketing the technology abroad.
Like other electric cars, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV offers limited usage scenarios due to its range, but its drivetrain is ultraefficient and surprisingly powerful.
Last night, Tesla Motors demonstrated how a service station could accomplish two battery swaps for the Model S in the time it takes to fill a gas tank. Problem is, that technique works only for Tesla.
Premiering at the 2011 North American International Auto Show, the vehicles join the Chinese carmaker's plug-in hybrid sedan, currently being tested by the LA Housing Authority.
The 2012 Nissan Leaf offers a good blend of affordability and all-around performance for city dwellers and suburbanites looking to go zero-emission, but its cruising range limits its appeal for long hauls.