CharIN Focus Group Meetings in Berlin pushed CCS features ahead

The CharIN focus group members with expertise in the Combined Charging System (CCS) gathered in Berlin. The Focus Group face to face meetings with over 80 participants from all over the world included discussions of various further developments of CCS and connected features.

© CharIN e.V.: Focus Group Conformance Test & Interoperability

The Focus Group Meetings of the CharIN e.V. took place from March 18th to 20th, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. On Monday, the first of three days expert meeting, the Focus Group Conformance Test & Interoperability met and had a high valuable conversation on next steps of interoperability for combined charging system products.


On Tuesday, fundamental discussions arose how to proceed with the CCS introduction for everyone in the Focus Group Charging Communication. Additionally, a recommendation to solve challenges with Plug & Charge (PnC) was initiated and will be further discussed.


The Focus Group Charging Connection debated the Combined Charging Sys-tem step model and the status of Automated Charging Device as well as charging of commercial vehicles. The subgroup High Power Charging for Commercial Vehicles (HPCCV) has started to work on the assessment of proposals for an extended CCS connector to charge electric commercial vehicles with > 1 MW, which were handed in according to a preceding public call. Both groups came together for a networking reception in the evening.


On Wednesday, the Focus Group Grid Integration moved forward to real life examples of vehicle to grid (V2G) charging until end of 2019. They discussed future bidirectional (reverse power flow) implementations and the various regional requirements regarding grid integration. The Focus Group Charging Infrastructure discovered areas of improvement at the charging-station parking areas. Moreover, several legal frameworks were discussed.


Overall, the Focus Group meetings received a lot of positive feedback with a great number of international participants. The discussed topics will be further developed within in the individual Focus Groups continuously. All activities are directed at achieving one central target: To draw up requirements for the evolution of charging-related standards and to develop a certification system for use by manufacturers implementing the CCS in their products.


Information about CharIN e.V.

The Charging Interface Initiative e.V. (CharIN e.V.) is a registered association with over 160 members along the whole value chain from all over the world. It is open to all interested parties and has offices in Germany, Hong Kong, Chi-na, South Korea, India, Japan and the US.


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