European automakers agree on industry standard for charging EVs
The organisation says that the creation of the industry recommendations will enable the relevant EU standardisation bodies to make rapid progress with defining a common interface between the electricity infrastructure and EVs throughout Europe. The recommendations also intended to provide guidance to public authorities that are planning investments in public charging spots.
'This is an important step towards the successful deployment of electrically chargeable vehicles in Europe. A uniform and user-friendly charging infrastructure is a prerequisite to build a market,' said Ivan Hodac, secretary-general of ACEA, the automobile industry’s trade association in Brussels. 'We want to avoid a situation where customers have to carry a multitude of charging cables to use their vehicles in different cities, regions and countries, just as we see today with items like mobile phones.'
It is hoped that the European specifications will form the basis for a global standard through the involvement of Japanese and South Korean manufacturers.
The joint specifications cover, in a first step, charging of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, both at home and in public. During a transition period, customers will be enabled to use the different plugs already on the market. A uniform solution will become standard for all new vehicle types by 2017.
The ACEA adds that the auto industry expects to make recommendations for quick charging and heavy-duty vehicles shortly.