Mission & Purpose

The Charging Interface Initiative e. V. - abbreviated to CharIN e. V. - is a registered association founded by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Mennekes, Opel, Phoenix Contact, Porsche, TÜV SÜD and Volkswagen. Based in Berlin, it is open to all interested parties.

The primary aims are:

  • To develop and establish the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the standard for charging battery-powered electric vehicles of all kinds
  • To draw up requirements for the evolution of charging-related standards (e.g. inductive and pantograph connection)
  • To develop a certification system for use by manufacturers implementing the combined charging system in their products

CharIN e. V. comprises three bodies:

  • The General Assembly of all members, divided into Core Members and Regular
    Members (please refer to the Membership Categories section for further information)
  • The Board, consisting of two people
  • The Steering Committee, comprising the board members and11 additional members
    with a maximum of 15

Different working member groups comprised of experts contribute to the success of the association. It’s important to note that the CharIN association is not a closed shop.
Documentation concerning the architecture, standards and charging technology is openly available – there’s no need to become a member if you simply wish to review the relevant  information. 

Different working member groups comprised of experts contribute to the success of the association.


Having said that, the Charging Interface Initiative association is already growing and warmly welcomes new members! Please see the Membership section for more information. We believe the initiative is of particular interest to the automotive, charging equipment, power supply infrastructure operation and related industries, as well as to relevant administrative bodies and non-profit organisations.


Declaration Antitrust Compliancy


The purpose of the CharIn association is the worldwide promotion and support of the Combined Charging System. In this connection the limits drawn by antitrust laws are to be observed by all members.


04/23/2018

New test results in interoperability and conformance testing from the 8th International ISO/IEC 15118 & CCS Testing Symposium in Shanghai

For CharIN members interoperability and conformance testing remains a priority and an important focus point to avoid disruption of the worldwide roll-out of CCS.

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04/23/2018

BP joins CharIN e.V.

CharIN today announced that BP has joined as its newest member. CharIN is an association whose aim is to develop and establish Direct Charge (DC) Fast and Ultra Fast Charge systems under the Combined Charging System (CCS) connector as a global standard for charging battery-powered electric vehicles....

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