Industry Alliance Wants Charging Standard for Electric Trucks, Buses

May 29, 2018 by Emma Hurt, @Emma_Hurt

As Volvo, Daimler, Navistar, Tesla and other companies push development of electric trucks, an industry alliance wants to establish a global charging standard.

That goal faces skepticism from trade groups such the American Trucking Associations and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, or NACFE. Both worry that with electric trucks barely in their infancy, there’s not enough data to point the way to the most effective charging system. Tying truck charging to a system developed for passenger vehicles also might turn out to be the wrong approach, NACFE told

The alliance, called CharIN, wants to extend the fast charging standard to the higher power heavy- and medium-duty vehicles of today. The group launched in 2015 to promote the Combined Charging System, or CCS, for electric vehicles.

CCS is an AC and DC electric vehicle charging standard that is widely adopted in Europe, the United States, Australia and parts of South America. CharIN reports that 16 of the automotive industry’s top 20 brands use CCS; 12 of those use it exclusively, including Volkswagen, BMW, Audi, Ford and Kia.

CCS has some global competition in the CHAdeMO standard, developed in Japan and used by Nissan and Mitsubishi, and GB/T in China. Tesla’s proprietary SuperCharger is another option on the market, though Tesla has been a CharIN member since 2016.

The idea of the standard is to make charging an electric vehicle as seamless around the world as using a mobile phone as it bounces between cell towers, said Oleg Logvinov, CharIN’s North American volunteer spokesman and chief executive and co-founder of IoTecha, a charging infrastructure hardware and software provider. CharIN hopes to make that vision a reality for heavy- and medium-duty vehicles as well.

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