Ingolstadt, Germany – Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen have pledged support for a common modular connecting system for electric vehicles (EV) that would ensure customers would always have direct and easy access for recharging, regardless of the auto brand or electrical supplier. The development directors from each of the companies are working on the concept of a modular connector system that has been submitted for European standardization testing.
The companies are inviting other auto manufacturers to participate in the development and establish a global standard.
The vehicle connector system would be used both by the vehicle manufacturers and the charging infrastructure, and would be available for charging with single- and three-phase alternating current (AC). The manufacturers are also working on an extension component that would allow for direct current (DC) charging, which is expected to be available by 2013 and would be similar to Japanese systems already existing for direct current charging stations. The companies aim for a short-term availability of vehicles and infrastructure for fast charging.