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.

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06/22/2017

CharIN recommendation: A harmonized connector approach per geographical region facilitates EV market uptake

CharIN is dedicated to support and establish the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the standard for charging Battery Electric Vehicles (EVs) of all kinds. As there are different CCS connector types used in the different regions of the world, CharIN recommends a harmonized CCS connector approach per...

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06/21/2017

Eine starke Verbindung - KOSTAL wird Core-Mitglied in der Charging Interface Initiative CharIN e.V.

KOSTAL, einer der größten Automobilzulieferer, Weltmarkt- und Innovationsführer in vielen Bereichen der automobilen Mechatronik, wird Mitglied bei CharIN e.V. und unterstützt damit die Initiative zur Einführung eines globalen Standards für Ladesysteme von Elektrofahrzeugen.

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06/19/2017

CharIN keynote at the iEVTech 2017 in Thailand

The 2nd EV technology conference or iEVTech 2017 was held in Bangkok from June 8-9, 2017. It’s the only annual international conference in ASEAN that focuses exclusively on the EV & its surrounding technologies & services.

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