More news on more receptacles:
-The US Department of Energy had issued a Charging Challenge (with backing from Ford, GM, 3M, Google, GE, Verizon, etc.) to install workplace charging. Since you spend hours at work, after a commute, it’s a natural place to top up. With hours to spare, even Level 1 charging makes sense. Now, the International Parking Institute has put in. The industry group has identified EV charging as a top trend for its members.
-Europe has finally settled on a plug. The Mennekes Type 2 plug was already leading in Germany, the UK, and Italy, plus some others. France was favoring Type 3, while many countries were staying neutral. The verdict is… sorry, France. As a sop, Type 2 will have an optional shutter over the pins, which had been the big advantage of Type 3. (Type 2 is electrically similar to J1772 in North America, but with a slightly different connector. The key difference is an extra pin, allowing three-phase power, instead of just our split-phase.)
-The European Union also issued targets for deployments, now that there’s a plug to deploy. Germany should have 150,000 charging points, France 97,000, Italy 125,000, and the UK 122,000 sites. However, even this is not enough for Renault. The France-based automaker is disappointed in its government’s rollout so far, and has announced its own installation plans.