CharIN (Charging Interface Initiative e.V.) is a global, non-profit association dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of standards in the field of electric vehicle (EV) charging systems. Established to advocate for the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the worldwide standard for EV charging, CharIN includes over 300 members from various industries involved in e-mobility, including automakers, charging station manufacturers, component suppliers, energy providers, and grid operators.

CharIN’s primary mission is to ensure that charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is interoperable, reliable, and user-friendly. The organisation achieves this by working with a diverse group of stakeholders to develop and standardise the CCS, which supports both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) charging. CCS is designed to handle a wide range of charging power levels, making it suitable for various types of EVs, from passenger cars to heavy-duty trucks. 

The organisation operates through a collaborative approach, bringing together experts from different sectors to address technical challenges and set requirements for new technologies, such as the Megawatt Charging System (MCS). MCS is particularly focused on enabling rapid charging for heavy-duty commercial vehicles, which is critical for reducing downtime and improving the efficiency of electric trucks and buses. 

CharIN’s activities include organising events, workshops, and testivals (testing festivals) to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and practical testing of EV charging technologies. These events help to validate interoperability and performance standards, ensuring that different EVs and charging stations can work seamlessly together. CharIN also engages in lobbying efforts to influence policy and regulatory frameworks that support the expansion and standardisation of EV charging infrastructure globally.

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