The CCS initiative CharIN has just announced 15 new members, including the car manufacturers SAIC, Suzuki and Subaru. The CharIN Steering Committee has also pushed the development of the planned CCS-compliant connector for the rapid charging of electric commercial vehicles with at least 2 MW.
According to an accompanying press release, a subgroup of the initiative has collected and evaluated proposals from various companies for the commercial vehicle connector. The next step would be to discuss the details of the drafts in another committee.
The CCS initiative CharIN and its members in the High Power Commercial Vehicle Charging Task Force (HPCVC) have been working on high power charging for electric commercial vehicles with a charging capacity of one to three megawatts. In July we reported that proposals came from Tesla, ABB, paXos, Stäubli and the Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify America. Of the five submissions from CharIN members, only one came from a single vehicle manufacturer – Tesla. The Californian electric car company joined the CCS initiative CharIN 2016 and at the end of 2017, when presenting its electric truck, had also announced so-called Megachargers, which are to charge the battery of the Tesla Semi within 30 minutes to a range of 400 miles (640 kilometres).
CharIN, based in Berlin, was founded by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Mennekes, Opel, Phoenix Contact, Porsche, TÜV SÜD and Volkswagen. Today CharIN has more than 150 members. The aim was to develop the Combined Charging System (CCS), which is increasingly establishing itself as the fast charging standard for cars – at least in Europe. While CCS1 (USA) and CCS2 (Europe) are currently out of the running at 500 kW charging power (CHAdeMO at 400 kW), even the new GB/T standard with up to 900 kW delivers too little for the potentially large batteries in commercial vehicles.