Who is behind CharIN e.V.?

The association Charging Interface Initiative e. V. is registered in the German capital Berlin (“eingetragener Verein”, “e. V.”). The association is organized as follows:

Executive Board

Chairman Claas Bracklo (BMW Group)

Claas Bracklo is currently BMW lead for activities within the National Platform Electromobility (NPE) and Chairman of the CharIN e.V.

He joined BMW in March 2005 and held various senior management positions in research and development with focus on E / E-architectures, system design, hardware / software components and in car networking. Before his current position in the innovation field electromobility he was in charge of body electronics development.He started his career with Mercedes Benz and Daimler in the development of bus systems technology and introduced the CAN and LIN in car networking. He led several teams in the area of system test, architecture and ECU-development. He was initiator and founding member of the LIN, Autosar and FlexRay consortium and acted as the FlexRay spokesperson in the initial phase. Claas Bracklo holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dortmund.

Treasurer Michael Keller (Volkswagen AG)

Michael Keller is Senior Manager Energy Functions at Volkswagen AG and has over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry.

Before joining Volkswagen in 2010 as Senior Manager Energy Systems and Energy Functions, he was the responsible development manager for battery technologies and traction battery systems, amongst other topics, at the Tier 1 supplier Continental. Michael Keller received his Diplom-Ingenieur (BA) Electrical Engineering degree in Electronics at Karlsruhe. In 2009 he was awarded the “Professor Ferdinand Porsche Preis” of the Technical University of Vienna for the “first automotive application of a lithium-ion hybrid battery”.

Steering Committee

Gabriele Binasch (NXP Semiconductors)

Gabriela Binasch is Director of Sales & Marketing at NXP Semiconductors and responsible for the Automotive Business Development.

She received her master degree of Physics from the University in Cologne and held various functions in the Product Management and Marketing at Philips. In September 2006, she joined NXP Semiconductors and focused on the technology marketing in the area of  car network, secure access, broadcast reception and Car2Car/ITS. Since NXP merger with Freescale she has extended her focus to hardware electronics of the future battery systems. 

Manfred Herrmann (Adam Opel AG)

Manfred Herrmann is Opel’s representative for battery topics in the NPE (German National Platform EMobility). He is member of the E-Motive board and chairman of the “Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik”.

Manfred Herrmann received his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University Erlangen-Nuremberg. From 1992 to 1997 he developed electric vehicles at Adam Opel AG with various battery systems. Amongst other things he oversaw the Rügen field test for electric vehicles. Later he developed GM’s first fuel cell vehicles, lead the project “Hydrogen3” and set-up the vehicle fleet Hydrogen4. In 2007 Mr. Herrmann was part of the team to define the battery system for Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera. Since then he has managed the technology for future battery systems and Electric Propulsion technology for Opel in the division “GME Electrification and Battery Systems”.

Veit Rohrberg (AUDI AG)

Veit Rohrberg is Senior Manager "Charging Strategie e-tron" at the development department Network and Energy Systems of Audi AG.

Mr. Rohrberg received his degree in Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Technology in Ilmenau.

Axel Willikens (Daimler AG)

Axel Willikens is Senior Manager Charging at Daimler AG, being responsible for charging connectors, systems and equipment
for AC, DC and inductive charging.

He has more than 32 years of experience in the areas of wiring harness, HV/LV contacting, power distribution, telematics, EE-HW technology & quality, as well as in advanced technology development for power electronics. Last but not least, Mr. Willikens was project leader at Toll Collect Germany and worked in a program for optimization of material cost. Axel Willikens has a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Wolfgang Selle (Ford-Werke GmbH)

Wolfgang Selle is responsible for E-Mobility, EV-Infrastructure & Standardisation within Ford of Europe (FoE).

He joined FoE in 1988 and held a number of positions within Manufacturing and Product Development. In 1988 he took over the strategic planning for large cars within Powertrain Planning. Since 2009 he has been in charge of different functions within Electric Vehicle and EV-Infrastructure. He represents FoE in public bodies like VDA and NPE. Wolfgang studied Mechanical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) at the University of Bochum.

Oliver Richter (Mennekes Stecker GmbH & Co KG)

Oliver Richter is Technical Manager of Mennekes
Stecker GmbH & Co. KG.

After studying physics & and technologies at the University of Applied Sciences MFH in Iserlohn, Oliver Richter moved to the south of Germany in 1998. Starting at IVM Stuttgart GmbH as application engineer in charge of “On Board Diagnosis for CAN Networks“ for several OEMs. In 2002 employment at Daimler AG, operative as system engineer responsible for development of E/E vehicle architecture and wiring harnesses. In 2010 starting as Project Manager at the Mennekes group, “the inventor of AC type 2 connector”. Since 2014 Technical Manager of the automotive business group inside Mennekes, looking forward to form the next technical step in charging E vehicles, the CCS system.

Helmut Friedrich (Phoenix Contact E-Mobility GmbH)

Helmut Friedrich has been Executive Vice President of PHOENIX CONTACT E-MOBILITY GmbH in Schieder-Schwalenberg, a subsidiary of PHOENIX CONTACT GmbH & Co. KG, since June 2012.

The company was founded in 2012 and is responsible for the development, production and also for the product marketing within the business sector of electric mobility within the PHOENIX CONTACT group. After graduating in physics from the University of Hamburg in 1976, Helmut Friedrich started his career at Robert Bosch GmbH as developing engineer for production automation. Four years later he changed to Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG and was responsible for avionic systems as development manager. In 1994 he changed to PHOENIX CONTACT GmbH & Co. KG, and after several interim steps he finally became head of the division Device Connectors.

Frank Dambacher (Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG)

Frank Dambacher has been Senior Manager Vehicle Electric System at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG since 2008.

Mr. Dambacher has several years of management experience in the areas of connector systems, wiring and interconnection technology. He became an expert in connector systems and interconnection technology in his earlier years at Robert Bosch GmbH. Frank Dambacher received his degree in Mechanical Engineering/Electrical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen.

Volker Blandow (TÜV SÜD AG)

Volker Blandow has been the global leader of electric mobility activities at TÜV SÜD since 2011.

Back in 1991 Mr. Blandow started in the field of electric vehicles. From 1994 to 2011 he was active as a strategy consultant in the field of renewable energies and clean transport technologies. Important topics have been studies on the depletion of fossil resources, potentials of renewable energies as well as carbon footprint and life cycle assessments. His specialization has always been electric vehicles powered by fuel cells / hydrogen and/or batteries.  

Martin Freese (Volkswagen AG)

Martin Freese is Senior Manager in the Electrics/Electronics Developement of Volkswagen and is in Charge of Energy Functions and responsible for Charging.

He received his degree of Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Braunschweig. He started at Volkswagen in 1998 and held managing positions in the areas of lighting electronics, instrument clusters and  the development of car concepts.

General Assembly

1 assigned Representative of each Member

Head Office

Contact: coordination(at)charinev.org

André Kaufung (innos - Sperlich GmbH)



CharIN presentation at the Forum MobiliTec at the Hannover Messe

André Kaufung, Managing Director of the CharIN e.V. will present the association with its goals and activities at the Forum MobiliTec on Wednesday, April 26th with the title “CharIN – the path to a global charging standard”.

read more


6th International CCS & ISO/IEC 15118 Testing Symposium in June in France

The 6th International CCS & ISO/IEC 15118 Testing Symposium will take place on 22nd – 23rd of June 2017. The event will be hosted by VEDECOM in Versailles, France.

read more


First CharIN Focus Group Week took place in Berlin

“Highly relevant topics and a good overall organization”: Excellent feedback from the CharIN members!

read more