Global Automakers to Demo EV Fast Charging at EVS26
Combined Charging System allows AC and DC fast-charging
from single inlet port
LOS ANGELES - Global automakers from the United States and
Germany will demonstrate fast-charging technology that will
enable the recharging of most electrified vehicles with
compatible systems in as little as 15-20 minutes.
Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche
and Volkswagen have agreed to support a harmonized
single-port fast charging approach - called DC Fast
Charging with a Combined Charging System - for use on
electric vehicles in Europe and the United States.
Live charging demonstrations will be conducted during the
Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 (EVS26) May 6-9.
The combined charging system integrates one-phase
AC-charging, fast three-phase AC-charging, DC-charging at
home and ultra-fast DC-charging at public stations into one
vehicle inlet. This will allow customers to charge at most
existing charging stations regardless of power source and
may speed more affordable adoption of a standardized
The International Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has
chosen the Combined Charging System as the fast-charging
methodology for a standard that incrementally extends the
existing Type 1-based AC charging. The standard is to be
officially published this summer. ACEA, the European
association of vehicle manufacturers has also selected the
Combined Charging System as its AC/DC charging interface
for all new vehicle types in Europe beginning in 2017.
The charging system design was based on collaborative
reviews and analysis of existing charging strategies, the
ergonomics of the connector and preferences of U.S. and
European customers. The system was developed for all
international vehicle markets and creates a uniform
standard with identical electrical systems, charge
controllers, package dimensions and safety mechanisms.
The system maximizes capability for integration with future
smart grid developments through common broadband
communication methods regardless of the global location of
the charging system. The combined charging approach will
reduce development and infrastructure complexity, improve
charging reliability, reduce the total cost-of-ownership
for end customers and provide low maintenance costs.
Commercially available combined charging units are
projected to be available later this year. All committed
OEMs have vehicles in development which will use the
Combined Charging System. The first vehicles to use
this system will reach the market in 2013.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners
produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has
leadership positions in the world's largest and
fastest-growing automotive markets. GM's brands include
Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC,
Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More
information on the company and its subsidiaries, including
OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and
information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.