Mission & Purpose
The Charging Interface Initiative e. V. - abbreviated to CharIN e. V. - is a registered association founded by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Mennekes, Opel, Phoenix Contact, Porsche, TÜV SÜD and Volkswagen. Based in Berlin, it is open to all interested parties.
The primary aims are:
- To develop and establish the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the standard for charging battery-powered electric vehicles of all kinds
- To draw up requirements for the evolution of charging-related standards (e.g. inductive and pantograph connection)
- To develop a certification system for use by manufacturers implementing the combined charging system in their products
CharIN e. V. comprises three bodies:
- The General Assembly of all members, divided into Core Members and Regular
Members (please refer to the Membership Categories section for further information)
- The Board, consisting of two people
- The Steering Committee, comprising the board members and11 additional members
with a maximum of 15
Different working member groups comprised of experts contribute to the success of the association. It’s important to note that the CharIN association is not a closed shop.
Documentation concerning the architecture, standards and charging technology is openly available – there’s no need to become a member if you simply wish to review the relevant information.
Different working member groups comprised of experts contribute to the success of the association.
Having said that, the Charging Interface Initiative association is already growing and warmly welcomes new members! Please see the Membership section for more information. We believe the initiative is of particular interest to the automotive, charging equipment, power supply infrastructure operation and related industries, as well as to relevant administrative bodies and non-profit organisations.
Declaration Antitrust Compliancy
The purpose of the CharIn association is the worldwide promotion and support of the Combined Charging System. In this connection the limits drawn by antitrust laws are to be observed by all members.
CharIN e.V. published a guideline for inductive charging
The Charging Initiative e.V. published an industry statement about wireless power transfer (WPT) to support the development of advanced inductive charging systems.
Over 450 additional CCS HPC Charging points to connect Europe
Thanks to the European Union Program „Connection Europe Facility“ (CEF) and new alliances in Europe, hundreds of new CCS high-power charging stations will be established throughout the continent.