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    SAE announces the 'official' charging plug standard for North America

    FYI - This Is Officially How You'll Be Fueling Your Car In The Future

    The article is pretty thin on details, but I'm sure poking around the internet will pull up the specs on this plug. I personally think it is pretty ugly from a looks standpoint, but that's highly subjective. The article comments on possibly reducing charge times to 20 minutes, so it must delivery a lot of power.

    Here is another article from the NY Times that gives a better picture and sense of the size of the thing. It looks pretty big and bulky.

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    One more link with some additional pictures: Society of Automotive Engineers announces electric car charging plug standard

    I personally think the Tesla charge plug is a much better looking solution...
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    I'd really like to see the SAE, CHAdeMO and the Tesla connectors in one picture to compare shape and size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adm View Post
    I'd really like to see the SAE, CHAdeMO and the Tesla connectors in one picture to compare shape and size.
    I've used the CHAdeMO charger plug for my Leaf and it is pretty huge. Think the size of a small fire hose as the end of the CHAdeMO charger. The Tesla Model S charger plug is more like the size of about a maybe 1.5 to 2 times the size of a garden hose. Also the weight on the CHAdeMO end is pretty heavy compared to the Model S charge plug. The SAE plug looks to be near the size of the CHAdeMO from the NY Time picture, but it does taper down quickly from being really big at it's end. The CHAdeMO is really like lugging around a fire hose end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blurry_Eyed View Post
    I personally think the Tesla charge plug is a much better looking solution...
    Just think of Tesla as the Apple of EV connector ports

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    Quote Originally Posted by mknox View Post
    Just think of Tesla as the Apple of EV connector ports
    Except micro-USB was/is way nicer than the old 30pin connector.

    I can't comment on the new 8pin connector. Whatever they call it.

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    Elephant plug

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    Maybe it's some kind of male ego with the SAE engineers trying to make a statement about their connector vs. the Tesla connector

    Not to imply that there aren't women engineers, but my sterotype is that the SAE is dominated by male engineers...

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    Well. At least Tesla won "Best plug in the world"

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    The CHAdeMO plug is the work of engineers who haven't given a thought to aesthetics or the consumer. Engineers who care about these would never have designed such a plug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnOutsider View Post
    Well. At least Tesla won "Best plug in the world"
    Ha ha! +1
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