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EU May Adopt Electric Car Connector Standard Incompatible With Estonia's Brand New Network

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European Commissioner of Transport Siim Kallas has said that a proposal he introduced would standardize electric car chargers in the European Union to work with the Combo type connector.

That may have disappointed Estonian officials, who have just finished building nationwide charging network that uses the CHAdeMo connector. The project cost 5 million euros and switching out the system could cost just as much, reported Delfi.

Fortunately, the electric cars purchased by the government a few years ago, which are used by some government workers and a rental service, will still compatible.

"Whether the current charging infrastructure should be equipped with new connectors or not will become clear in a few years at the earliest, since currently the decision-making process is in the proposal stage and it must in the end be confirmed by the European Parliament,” said Martin Miido, a representative for the Ministry of Economic Affairs. "It is too early to talk about the costs.”

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