American and German automakers - Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen - have announced plans to adopt a standardized electric vehicle recharging port.

American and German automakers - Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen - have announced plans to adopt a standardized electric vehicle recharging port.

Dubbed "DC Fast Charging with a Combined Charging System," the technology offers four recharging options: one-phase AC-charging, three-phase AC-charging, DC-charging and ultra-fast DC-charging. This four-in-one approach will allow consumers to recharge their electric vehicles at a variety of charging stations. More importantly, it could enable EVs to be recharged in as little as 15-20 minutes.

According to GM, "The combined charging approach will reduce development and infrastructure complexity, improve charging reliability, reduce the total cost-of-ownership for end customers and provide low maintenance costs."

The combined charging system will be demonstrated at the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS26) and production units are expected to be available later this year. However, the first electric vehicles with compatible recharging ports aren't expected to be introduced until 2013.

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