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Tesla Joins CharIN

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

The European electric vehicle CCS charging standardization organization CharIN has gained Tesla as a new partner, according to some new reports. As this news hasn’t been confirmed by Tesla, some caution should be taken, but the news wouldn’t be that surprising, so it seems likely to have some truth to it. (Update: Tesla was announced as a new core partner on March 24, 2016.)

Tesla logoIt should probably be remembered here that CharIN has previously revealed its intent to develop 300 kilowatt (kW) electric vehicle (EV) chargers that utilize the CCS standard.

The news apparently first surfaced in an article from InsideEVs — one where an anonymous contact was quoted by the prominent blogger Tom Moloughney. Here’s more on that from our sister site Gas 2:

According to a report by Inside EVs, Tesla has become a member of CharIN, a European based organization that promotes the CCS charging standard for plug-in and battery electric vehicles. It was established several years ago by BMW, Audi, VW, Porsche, Daimler, Ford, and General Motors as an industry trade group dedicated to promoting the CCS charging standard.

…The news was first reported by Tom Moloughney, a blogger and expert on EV charging systems. He tells Inside EVs, “I was just told something interesting from a contact I have. I’m guessing you guys have heard of the CharIN Association by now. They are basically a group of European Automakers that got together to work on what will eventually be considered (officially) Level 3 charging based on CCS.

He continues, “They have been working on 150 kW CCS DC Fast charge for a few years now and experimenting on speeds up to 300 kW. (A)bout a month ago, Tesla quietly asked if they can become a “Core Member”. Now, I’m certainly not suggesting Tesla is going to switch to CCS, but this is very interesting.”

The news probably shouldn’t be too surprising though, as ensuring that Tesla vehicles can access all of the available charging infrastructure around the world is probably prudent — despite the seeming dominance of the company’s Supercharger network. Also, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has many times stated that his intent with Tesla is to speed up the rate of EV adoption — the company may very well be intending to share some of the insights gained through the creation of the Supercharger network.


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