Brussels, Belgium – European automakers are working to standardize electric vehicle charging.

Members of ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, have further detailed their recommendations on standardization to facilitate and speed up the process of setting standards for the European Union and, indirectly, help promote global solutions.

Building on ACEA recommendations put forth in June 2010, the automakers have concluded a more detailed round of recommendations for charging passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The recommendations focus on electric charging stations, the charging inlet on the vehicle, and the cable connectors between the two.

The industry has agreed on a single EU-wide recommendation for the “Type 2” infrastructure outlet, the plug that serves as a connector between the vehicle’s charging cable and the charging infrastructure. Secondly, a unique solution has been presented for AC and DC fast charging, as well as for standard AC charging. AC and DC fast charging is always to be executed by charging points with fixed cables on the side of the charging station. This is different from standard AC charging, for which auto manufacturers provide the cable that is plugged into the station’s socket.

The ACEA members agree that these recommendations will enable to quicker market uptake of electric vehicles and deliver high investment scores into fast-charging infrastructures when they are standardized across the European Union and on a global level. Standardized electric vehicle charging will provide more convenience for consumers, avoiding a fragmented pattern of locally-competing and incompatible solutions.

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