Brussels, Belgium – European auto manufacturers have defined a common standard for electric vehicle (EV) recharging standards to simplify recharging. The industry recommendations will enable the relevant European Union standardization bodies to progress toward a common interface between the electricity infrastructure and vehicles throughout Europe.

The recommendations also provide decisive 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,” said Ivan Hodac, secretary-general of the automotive trade association ACEA. “A uniform and user-friendly charging infrastructure is a prerequisite to build a market. 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.”

The European specifications could form the basis for a global standard, as Japanese and South Korean manufacturers have been closely involved in developing the joint industry recommendations for the European market.

In a first step, the joint specifications cover charging of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles at home and at public charging spots. During a transition period, customers will be enabled to use the different plugs already on the market, but a uniform solution will become standard for all new vehicle types by 2017.

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