What is the Combined Charging System (CCS)?

Here’s an overview of its principal characteristics.

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The Combined Charging System (CCS) is based on open and universal standards for electric vehicles. The CCS combines single-phase with rapid three-phase charging using alternating current at a maximum of 43 kilowatts (kW), as well as direct-current charging at a maximum of 200 kW and the future perspective of up to 350 kW – all in a single system.

The CCS includes the connector and inlet combination as well as all the control functions. It also manages communications between the electric vehicle and the infrastructure. As a result, it provides a solution to all charging requirements.


The key features of the Combined Charging System include the following: 

  • AC charging:

    • With the electrical interface specification for power transmission, which includes safety-related signalling for AC charging that complies with the international IEC 61851-1 standard
    • With a connector Type 2 in Europe that is compliant with the international IEC 62196-2 standard

  • DC charging:

    • With the electrical interface specification for power transmission, which includes safety-related signalling for DC charging that complies with the international IEC 61851-23 standard.
    • With the connector Combo 2 in Europe, compliant with the international IEC 62196-3 standard

  • The communication interface between the electric vehicle and the charging point, based on the international standard ISO/IEC 15118 and the German DIN SPEC 70121.

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