BYD has joined the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) as part of a unified push to standardize electric vehicle charging systems, alongside ABB, Tesla, BMW, FCA, Ford, GM, VW Group, Daimler, Toyota, Subaru, Mazda, NEVS, Tritium, Shell, and more.
The move shows BYD’s support of global standards for charging plug-in vehicles as the coalition continues to refine the Combined Charging System (CCS) charging standard. CCS was designed as an open, universal and internationally flexible charging system for electric vehicles that takes into account international standards. Building and scaling up charging infrastructure based on a single standard ensures maximum compatibility between current vehicles and chargers as well as the ability to persist through future innovation as new vehicles capable of faster charging speeds hit the market.
“CCS is currently the world’s only charging system that covers all charging scenarios with a single product, and our support of CCS will help pave the way for more efficient transportations solutions,” said Bobby Hill, Vice President of BYD North America, Coach and Bus. “As the largest producer of electric batteries in the world and the safest bus battery in the market, our membership in CharIN is an example of our continued efforts to advance and expand the electric vehicle ecosystem.”
BYD has led the world in plug-in vehicle sales for the last few years, with its focus on “Dual Mode” plug-in hybrids in its home market of China as well as a full range of fleet vehicles. Fleet offerings start with its smaller passenger vehicles, like the e5 and e6, which continue to be tapped as police and urban service vehicles as well as taxis to be used in cities around the world. Most recently, the Brazilian city of São José dos Campos leased a fleet of 30 e5s and e6s for its Municipal Civil Guard — just last week.
Stepping up a notch, BYD also offers the widest range of battery-electric heavy-duty trucks in the US market, as well as a variety of Class 6, 7, and 8 trucks. BYD currently offers customers its proprietary AC charging system or a CCS compliant charging system to meet the specific needs of fleet operators around the world.
In addition to the CharIN membership, BYD is also pushing to advance plug-in vehicle charging standardization by participating in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and International Organization for Standardization (ISO). CharIN is an open coalition of major players within the electric vehicle (EV) industry that works to support and promote CCS as a global standard for EV charging.