Looks like auto makers will beat mobile phone makers in launching a universal charger that is compatible with most devices. And it’s pretty damn quick as well. They say charging an electric vehicle using this system will take as little as 15 to 20 minutes. Currently, fast chargers need 30 minutes to 1 hour, and if you use the normal charger, it’s a 6-hour job.
Combined Charging System is the result of collaborative efforts between Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen. The system will get its first live demo at Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 (EVS26) May 6-9. As a concept it works, but not sure if it is actually production-ready.
Right now some of you may want some technical details on how the system works. CCS 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. In other words, it gives you options.
The system maximises 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.
The system has been chosen by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) as the standard for electric vehicle’s fast charging methods. 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.
Electric vehicles equipped with Combined Charging System are scheduled for market launch in 2013.