What are the DCFC Standards in North America?

By Paul Gipe

There are three charging standards in North America: Tesla, CHAdeMO, and CCS.

The Tesla standard only applies to Tesla.

CHAdeMO is the Japanese standard used by Nissan and a few other manufacturers. Nissan’s Leaf uses the CHAdeMO standard for fast charging.

CCS is Combined Charging Standard used by American and German manufacturers. It’s also called the Franken plug. The Chevy Bolt uses the CCS standard for fast Charging.

Most non-Tesla fast charging stations have kiosks or dispensers for both CHAdeMO and CCS. Both work equally well.