Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen and others are all part of a Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN), as if they were the German EV Avengers. The goal of this initiative is to create quick and easy charging on the road to rid the world of range anxiety and create a breakthrough for electric mobility. “Together with our partners in the CharIn initiative, we are fully focusing on quick charging stations that are based on the CCS standard. This method is powerful, thoroughly developed and convenient,”
The CCS, Combined Charging Systems, allows EVs to be charged via both AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current), not like the band, through a standardized charging interface known as the Combo Plug. The corresponding technology is already on board the Audi R8 e-tron and in the Audi e-tron Quattro concept car. In just 30 minutes, the battery of the Audi e-tron quattro concept can be charged with enough electricity for a range of more than 400 km (248.5 mi). When the battery is fully charged, it has a range of over 500 km (310.7 mi).
At the ELIV Congress in Baden-Baden, Germany, Audi is presenting the first results together with its CharIN partners: equipment and automobiles that are suitable for charging with up to 150 kW. The CCS official charging standards have already been implemented in the European Union and should be fully implemented by 2017. This would allow for very fast charging stations throughout Europe, much like Tesla’s Superchargers, and will be available to all EVs. This could help springboard cars like the Audi e-tron Quattro ahead of the competition, as they are already fitted with compatible interfaces and will be able to utilize such charging methods immediately.