One of the confusing aspects of owning an electric vehicle (EV) is how to charge it. Unfortunately, there are several different standards used in the industry, and connectors vary from vehicle to vehicle. Therefore, it is not as simple as just knowing whether you need to fill up with diesel or gasoline. However, once you are familiar with the new terminology, things become quite simple. Simply put, there are two things you need to know about EV charging: connectors and power ratings (in kilowatts, Kw). If you previously used an internal combustion engine vehicle, it might help to think of different charging options as different types of fuel. Some are suitable for your vehicle, some are not. Using EV charging systems is usually much easier than it sounds, mainly finding a connector that is compatible with your vehicle and choosing the highest compatible power output to ensure the fastest possible charging. CHAdeMO is one such connector.
CHAdeMO is one of the rapid charging standards that was developed by a consortium of car manufacturers(mainly Japanese car makers) and industry organizations, which now comprises more than 400 members and 50 charging companies. Its name is an acronym for "Charge de Move", which is also the name of the consortium. The aim of the consortium was to create a fast-charging vehicle standard that could be adopted by the entire automotive industry. Other fast-charging standards also exist, such as CCS (shown above). As stated, CHAdeMO is a rapid charging standard, which means it can provide anywhere from 6Kw to 200Kw of power,The Chademo Charging Cable can supply 1000V DC 125A/150A/200A electric current to a vehicle’s battery, at present. As electric vehicle batteries evolve and can accept higher power levels, we can expect CHAdeMO to increase its peak power capacity. In fact, earlier this year, CHAdeMO announced its 3.0 standard, which is capable of delivering up to 500Kw of power. In simple terms, this means that very high-capacity batteries can be charged in a relatively short amount of time.
Which Cars Use CHAdeMO Charging ?
CHAdeMO charging uses its own dedicated connector, as shown below.
Many charging station operators, display the types of connectors available at charging locations, so make sure you find the CHAdeMO icon when planning your trip.After arriving and activating the charge point, take the CHAdeMO connector (it will be labeled) and gently place it into the corresponding port on your vehicle. Pull the lever on the plug to lock it in, and then tell the charger to start. One of the main differences with CHAdeMO compared to other charging points is that the charging points provide the Chademo cables and connectors. So if your vehicle has a compatible Chademo charging inlet, you don’t need to bring any cables of your own. Tesla vehicles can also use CHAdeMO outlets with a $450 adapter.
Diagram of the CHAdeMO charging plug. Numbers 6 and 5 represent the power lines, 1 is the ground, and the rest are essentially communication lines that the charging point uses to communicate with the car to ensure safe and fast charging.the Chademo charging connector pinout diagram as follows.
CHAdeMO chargers also lock into the vehicle being charged, so they can’t be removed by others. Connectors automatically unlock when charging is done though. It’s generally considered good manners for others to remove the charger and use it on their own vehicle, but only when charging is finished!
CHAdeMO chargers are located all over the world, According to CHAdeMO, there are more than 30,000 CHAdeMO-equipped charging points around the world (May 2020).
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