Volvo supports global campaign to use Combined Charging System (CCS) for EVs

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 10, 2016

According to Volvo Cars Senior Vice President (SVP) for Research and Development (R&D) Dr. Peter Mertens, the global automotive industry needs to introduce a standardized charging infrastructure specifically made for electric vehicles (EV).

In line with this, Volvo Cars has thrown its weight behind the Charging Interface Initiative, which has been founded as a consortium of investors to establish their Combined Charging System (CCS) as the standard for charging EVs.

Being one of the leading producers of plug-in hybrids, Volvo Cars plan to offer a plug-in hybrid version of every forthcoming model as it gradually modifies its entire portfolio in the years to come. Based on its modular SPA vehicle design, Volvo Cars will launch a fully EV in 2019.

Dr. Mertens believes that a standardized, universal charging infrastructure is needed in response to the growth of the EV segment, ensuring that customers around the world will use the new technology. He explained that the shift toward fully EVs is slowly materializing.

However, being ready in that aspect does not mean that the charging infrastructure is also at the same pace. This is why a globally standardized charging system needs to be established in the automotive industry. The CCS will provide regular and fast-charging capabilities, making vehicle ownership practical and convenient all at the same time particularly in urban areas, which are perfect for EVs.

The technology combines single-phase with rapid three-phase charging. It uses alternating current at a maximum of 43 kW and a direct current at a maximum of 200kW. This is even expected to increase up to 350 kW in the long run.

Meanwhile, the Charging Interface Initiative is in the process of drawing up certification for use by all car makers and requirements for the evolution of charging standards. Dr. Mertens expressed that Volvo Cars is honored to be a part of such efforts to revolutionize the standards in the automotive industry for the modern era.

The lack of charging-related standards has always been a barrier to the development and progress of EVs around the world. With its rich heritage of EV R&D efforts that can be traced back to over 40 years ago, Volvo Cars has always been one of the most prominent car makers specializing in plug-in hybrids with its Twin Engine system.

Presently, one out of five Volvo XC90 models sold around the world is a T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. Dr. Mertens elaborated that Volvo Cars' Twin Engine technology, together with a conventional powertrain range, provides the benefits of a genuine EV with its silence, low emissions, convenience, and superb performance.

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Volvo Cars believes the global automotive industry should strive towards the introduction of a standardised charging infrastructure for electric cars, says Dr Peter Mertens, the company’s Senior Vice President for Research & Development.

To support this drive towards a global standard for electric car charging, Volvo Cars has decided to throw its weight behind the Charging Interface Initiative, a consortium of stakeholders that was founded to establish their Combined Charging System (CCS) as the standard for charging battery-powered vehicles.

Volvo Cars is one of the leading makers of plug-in hybrid cars and will offer a plug-in hybrid variant of every new model as it replaces its entire product portfolio in the coming years. It will introduce a fully electric vehicle by 2019, based on its modular SPA vehicle architecture.

In order to cement the increasing popularity of electric vehicles and ensure that customers fully embrace the technology, Dr Mertens argues that a simple, standardised, fast and global charging infrastructure is needed.

“We see that a shift towards fully electric cars is already underway, as battery technology improves, costs fall and charging infrastructure is put in place,” said Dr Mertens. “But while we are ready from a technology perspective, the charging infrastructure is not quite there yet. To really make range anxiety a thing of the past, a globally standardised charging system is sorely needed.”

ownership increasingly practical and convenient – especially in urban environments, which are ideal for electric vehicles.

It combines single-phase with rapid three-phase charging, using alternating current at a maximum of 43 kilowatts (kW), as well as direct-current charging at a maximum of 200 kW and the future possibility of up to 350 kW – all in a single system.

The Charging Interface Initiative is currently in the process of drawing up requirements for the evolution of charging-related standards and certification for use by car makers around the globe.

“We are very happy to support and be involved in the setting of standards for electric vehicle charging systems. The lack of such a standard is one of the main obstacles for growing electric vehicles’ share of the market,” said Dr Mertens.

Volvo Cars, which has a rich heritage of research and development in electric vehicles stretching back more than 40 years, is one of the leading car makers in the field of plug-in hybrids with its Twin Engine technology. Already now, one in five of all Volvo XC90s sold is a T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.

“Our Twin Engine technology offers the low emissions, silence, convenience and performance of a pure electric car, combined with the range of a conventional powertrain. It offers the benefits of electrification already today,” added Dr Mertens.

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