The recharging infrastructure is of key importance to determining whether and how fast electric vehicles will penetrate the market. Not only must it be based on global standards, the battery must also recharge as easily and as quickly as possible. CCS meets all of these demands: The plug system is standardized across the globe and is also suitable for AC and DC charging. It already comes with numerous electric cars, like the i3 from BMW or the e-Golf from Volkswagen.
CharIN e.V. wants to get the standard established and drive it forward worldwide. The conditions are favorable: members of the rapidly growing initiative include prominent OEMs as well as leading component suppliers and manufacturers of charging infrastructure from Europe, Asia and the US. IAV is the first engineering partner in the network, and is not only contributing its experience from numerous CCS and GB/T production-level projects but also the technology from its comprehensive recharging infrastructure.
“We’re not only familiar with all relevant norms and standards – IAV also has its own system for testing interoperability, including the necessary test cases”, says Manuel Marques, Senior Vice President for Electric Mobility at IAV. “On top of this, we also have the full range of equipment for measuring and testing aspects, such as grid quality, as well as our experience in PLC communication, which we even offer training in.” Half a dozen CCS charging points at various IAV operations complement the infrastructure that is already in place.
Key future issues facing the six CharIN working groups include high-power DC charging at up to 350 kilowatts which will greatly reduce charging times. “Besides the other aspects, this is where we want to use our expertise in an effort toward enhancing CCS and giving electric mobility the boost it needs. Various IAV operations are now implementing a recharging infrastructure that works at a voltage of 920 V and charging capacity of 150 kW”, Marques says.
For further information on CharIN e.V., go to: www.charinev.org
Employing over 6,500 members of staff, IAV is one of the world’s leading providers of engineering services to the automotive industry. The company has been developing innovative concepts and technologies for future vehicles for more than 30 years. Core competencies include production-ready solutions in all fields of electronics, powertrain and vehicle development. Clients include all of the world's premier automobile manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to development centers in Berlin, Gifhorn and Chemnitz/Stollberg, IAV also operates from other locations in Germany, Europe, Asia as well as North and South America.