Infineon Technologies AG and STMicroelectronics recently joined the global Charging Interface Initiative e.V. (CharIN). CharIN was founded by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Mennekes, Opel, Phoenix Contact, Porsche, TÜV SÜD and Volkswagen to focus on developing and establishing the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the standard for charging battery-powered electric vehicles of all kinds. (Earlier post.)
One of CharIN’s main targets is a significantly higher standardized CCS charging power up to 350 kW, combined with a complete backward compatibility and interoperability between available components and cars. This would significantly reduce battery electric vehicle charging times.
Infineon has an essential role to play in making a fast, energy-efficient and standardized charger infrastructure a worldwide reality. We are accelerating the deployment of electric mobility with our know-how in automotive systems and safety, and our automotive semiconductor solutions based on leading-edge materials.—Peter Schiefer, President of the Automotive division at Infineon
Standardizing the technical setup and charging of hybrid-electric and electric vehicles globally will reduce range anxiety and be a powerful accelerant for EV adoption. ST’s long experience, leadership, and broad portfolio of products in the automotive and power-electronics sectors, together with our recognized strengths in sensors, secure payment and secure communication, mean that we are perfectly placed to contribute strongly to the CharIN initiative and to help meet industry needs by delivering the technology to the market at the appropriate time.—Marco Monti, Executive Vice President Automotive and Discrete Group, STMicroelectronics.