Seven of the world's top automakers recently agreed on a universal charging system for electric vehicles.
Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen today unveiled the result of their two-year collaboration at the 15th International VDI-Congress and Exhibition “Electronic Systems for Motor Vehicles”.
The Combined Charging System (CCS) needs only a single charging interface at the vehicle allowing the customer to charge with all existing charging methods: one-phase AC-charging, fast three-phase AC-charging, DC-charging at home or ultra-fast DC-charging at public charging stations.
This will make life easier for owners, who won't have to search for the appropriate station every time they need to charge their EV.
The seven makes involved in the project believe the CCS ''will lead to cost reduction and facilitate the spread of electro-mobility at world level''. With a universal system, they won't have to develop and market their own.
For governments and corporations working to implement large-scale EV infrastructures, the CCS will also make things simpler with regard to mass production and distribution of these vehicles.
According to Daimler, it will be ready for global deployment in mid-2012.
At the same time as my esteemed colleague was off driving the new 2015 WRX in the Californian sun, I was stuck at home in well-below-zero temperatures and snow behind the wheel of a '14 Subaru Impreza. While the two may seem worlds apart, they are borne of the same basic instincts, and that's saying something.