As reported by our friends over at EcoGeek,there is some good news on the horizon for anyone thinking that charging an electric car takes too long to make them viable transportation for the masses. Eight U.S. and German auto manufacturers have agreed to work together on a fast-charge single-port system for electric vehicles, capable of recharging most battery-electric vehicles to a full charge in as little as 15 minutes.

At the Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 this week in Los Angeles, representatives from General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, BMW, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler and Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagon will be on hand to demonstrate the “DC-fast system”, which aims to not only reduce recharging times for EVs but also to consolidate the industry standard port used at recharging stations throughout the world. By using the same port for all of their plug-in models, any of the cars can be charged at public charging stations that have the system in place. The new single-port system accommodates either AC or DC charging and should be on sale by the end of this year.

Chosen by the International Society of Automotive Engineers as the official standard for EV fast-charging, the new ports and the resulting drastically reduced charging times could be just what the EV industry needs to expand their product lines for mass consumption. Instead of EVs only being used for short around-town trips, owners could take them on longer drives knowing they can stop at recharging stations and “fill-up” their batteries in just a few minutes longer than it would take a typical car to stop for gasoline.

While having eight different automakers work together on a system is certainly a great start, the Japanese are working on their own standard to share amongst their own brands. Their standard, CHAdeMO, will only work on Toyotas, Nissans, Mitsubishis and Subarus, meaning the transportation world would still have at least two different EV port standards. If we are to move our personal transportation needs to electric cars, let’s hope that eventually all manufacturers will work to make one single port that can be conveniently placed at charging stations throughout the world.

[via AutoblogGreen]