Combined Charging System: Making life easier for electric car owners

A group of leading companies in the automotive and related industries has founded the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) association in Berlin. Founded on 19 May 2015, the association’s goals include the promotion and ongoing development of the Combined Charging System (CCS), a universal charging interface for electric vehicles. By 2017, all new charging stations installed in the European market will enable owners of e-cars to recharge them using the Combined Charging System. Some of the companies involved in the new association in its early stages include Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Mennekes, Opel, PhoenixContact, Porsche, TÜV Süd and Volkswagen.

The last few years have seen a continuous increase in the number of charging stations in many countries. The challenge for customers has been a lack of standardisation on charging systems and their worries that they would not be able to charge their car whenever needed.

The CCS resolves this issue as it combines the advantages of existing charging systems in a single solution that can handle any charging scenario. The system, which is documented within the relevant IEC and ISO standards, is endorsed by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and its US equivalent, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

The CharIN association is already growing and welcomes new members. Membership could be of interest to companies in the automotive industry as well as to organisations in the charging equipment, power supply, infrastructure operation and related industries, among others.

Further information about the Combined Charging System and the Charging Interface Initiative association is available at

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