Recently the NHK news reported the following:
Regarding the future system to be used to carry out quick charge to the electric vehicles, while individual Japanese auto making company held a meeting in Tokyo on the 22nd to confirm the plan which aimed at spreading the standard and setting the direction of future development, the European and American makers were furthering developing another standard, and a competition involving the leadership in setting the international standard was likely to become intense.
Regarding the quick charge machine which could charge the electric vehicle in a short time, in Japan it was now putting into practical use; individual Japanese automaker company named it "Chademo system" and decided to enable it to be used by all cars.
On the 22nd a general conference was held by about 400 related companies meeting in Tokyo. A plan was confirmed in which about 1400 sets of the "Chademo system" quick charge machines would be installed domestically and in Europe so as to spread its popularity further.
Centering around the quick charging machine, European and American makers such as Volkswagen etc. were further developing a different standard, and it had become a competition involving the leadership in setting the international standard.
If domestic manufacturing companies had two or more standards for the quick charge machine, consumers would refrain from buying. It was feared that this would became an obstacle to the spreading of electric vehicles. COO - chief operating officer of Nissan Motor Toshiyuki Shiga was showing the idea to advance deliberations with the European and American maker counterparts, and had said to the press conference that "would examine whether the European and American new standard could be in a format that was compatible".
This competition for new standard reminds me how the VHS became the world standard in video tape recording a few decades ago.