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The German vehicle manufactures Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, and Volkswagen will present the Combined Charging System at the 15th International VDI-Congress and Exhibition “Electronic Systems for Motor Vehicles” 12-13 October, for the first time. The Combined Charging System has been developed in close cooperation with the American vehicle manufacturers Ford and General Motors (GM).

This universal charging system needs only a single charging interface at the vehicle allowing the customer to charge with all existing charging methods: one-phase AC-charging, fast three-phase AC-charging, DC-charging at home or ultra-fast DC-charging at public charging stations.

A uniform vehicle interface reduces the complexity for development and deployment of electric vehicles. Multiple connectors in the infrastructure and different charging inlets at the vehicle are not needed for AC-charging on the one hand and DC-charging on the other hand.

The Combined Charging System integrates also the charging communication and the electric and safety architecture. This will lead to cost reduction and facilitates the spread of electro-mobility at world level.

The presentation at Baden-Baden will show the installation of the Combined Charging System in vehicles of manufactures being part of this initiative. This marks another development milestone. The Combined Charging System will be ready for deployment mid-2012 and then introduced into the market.

The vehicle manufactures Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, and Volkswagen have joined their forces in the Initiative Charging Interface and are the main drivers in the development of the Combined Charging System.



They really want to get charging standards sorted out.
I wouldn't dream of buying a BEV until there was a standard for each major trading group (in my case the EU).

However, Nissan have stolen a march on everyone by deploying the Leaf and its charging infrastructure before the Europeans got going.

Either way, we need an EU wide standard if BEVs and (to a lesser extent) PHEVs are to take off.

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