Today the CHAdeMO Association announced that:
“CHAdeMO Association releases 150kW amendment to the current protocol this year.”
“First product installations expected in 2017, fully compatible with CHAdeMO EVs on the road.”
“Higher power (350kW) technical study ongoing in anticipation of market demand.”
I don’t know if this is good or bad news. In my opinion CHAdeMO is a doomed standard.
The power increase will not be enough to survive the CCS standard that is backed by most North-American and European carmakers. The CHAdeMO is soon to become one country standard, only used in Japan.
Even the bulky CCS (Combined Charging System) is far from perfect, it’s a lot bulkier than it should. The improved Type 2/Mennekes standard that Tesla Motors uses in Europe is the best available, that combines AC and DC power in a compact plug/socket. Unfortunately not every time the best standard wins.