In a step to have a universal standard in the developing electric-vehicle market, seven car manufacturers have consented to work together on a single integrated fast-charging system for EVs in the U.S. and Europe. These seven automakers are Volkswagen, Porsche, General Motors, Ford, Daimler, BMW and Audi. The system which has been decided upon by these companies will enable various automobiles to share the same charging connector at fast-charging stations. It will also work with the IEC 62196 Type 2 system in Europe and the current J1772 connector standard in the U.S.
This endeavor, which the participating companies consider to be beneficial for clients, the providers of charging infrastructure providers, and the industry as a whole, will also aid in minimizing the build complexity for manufacturers, speed up the installation of common systems worldwide and most of all, enhance the ownership experience for EV drivers, Ford said in a statement.
The seven manufacturers have also consented to use HomePlug GreenPHY as the standard communication protocol, which will permit integration of electric vehicles into smart grid applications in the future.