Today I was at an amazing meeting - the San Francisco Bay Area governments (and some businesses) are working diligently to make changes to build up infrastructure and code changes so that the coming wave of electric vehicles will have an easy time of being used. Today's meeting was one in a series of meetings where they're going over the issues.
One issue is the automotive industry has (or will soon) agree on a standard charging plug: J1772. The idea is to have one charging connection for safety reasons, and to simplify the story for electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) a.k.a. charging stations. In the past (the years of the electric vehicle mandate) there were 2 (?3?) different connectors for electric vehicles, and this was a big problem that they clearly don't want to repeat.
What it means is there will be a lot of charging stations out there with J1772 connectors on them, meant to be used by cars. However obviously electric scooters and motorcycles could also be using these charging stations. Bicycles using these charging stations might be a bit out of place, but scooters and motorcycles would fit right in.
I haven't heard of any scooter or motorcycle manufacturer discuss the J1772 connector. Further scooters and motorcycles have smaller battery packs and the normal 120 volt AC charging rate (approx 1 kilowatt) is perfectly fine, perhaps. Clearly full size EV's (e.g. the Nissan LEAF has a 26 kilowatt-hour battery pack) need higher power chargers in order to have a reasonable charging time.
I have a concern however that maybe the result will be scooters & motorcycles that do not have these connectors, a charging infrastructure that only uses these connectors, leaving the EV scooter and motorcycle owners out of luck because of the automobile focused planning commissions that aren't aware of EV scooters and motorcycles.
So I asked them about this. Their answer was along the lines that an EV scooter or motorcycle owner would have a positive advantage from having higher speed charging, and that it would be a great idea for them to get on board with the J1772 standard. Hmm, while that's a great point it wasn't exactly the answer I wanted to hear.
For the record - it is immensely frustrating to ride my electric motorcycle to Sunnyvale, park in the garage, there's EV parking there, but their equipment is incompatible with my charger because they don't have a simple 120v outlet to plug into. Only the AVCON and paddle style chargers.