Mission & Purpose

The Charging Interface Initiative e. V. - abbreviated to CharIN e. V. - is a registered association founded by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Mennekes, Opel, Phoenix Contact, Porsche, TÜV SÜD and Volkswagen. Based in Berlin, it is open to all interested parties.

The primary aims are:

  • To develop and establish the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the standard for charging battery-powered electric vehicles of all kinds
  • To draw up requirements for the evolution of charging-related standards (e.g. inductive and pantograph connection)
  • To develop a certification system for use by manufacturers implementing the combined charging system in their products

CharIN e. V. comprises three bodies:

  • The General Assembly of all members, divided into Core Members and Regular
    Members (please refer to the Membership Categories section for further information)
  • The Board, consisting of two people
  • The Steering Committee, comprising the board members and11 additional members
    with a maximum of 15

Different working member groups comprised of experts contribute to the success of the association. It’s important to note that the CharIN association is not a closed shop.
Documentation concerning the architecture, standards and charging technology is openly available – there’s no need to become a member if you simply wish to review the relevant  information. 

Different working member groups comprised of experts contribute to the success of the association.


Having said that, the Charging Interface Initiative association is already growing and warmly welcomes new members! Please see the Membership section for more information. We believe the initiative is of particular interest to the automotive, charging equipment, power supply infrastructure operation and related industries, as well as to relevant administrative bodies and non-profit organisations.


Declaration Antitrust Compliancy


The purpose of the CharIn association is the worldwide promotion and support of the Combined Charging System. In this connection the limits drawn by antitrust laws are to be observed by all members.


02/20/2018

Successful CharIN meeting with Indonesian Gaikindo

This February the CharIN Asia coordination office had an interactive meeting with Gaikindo (The Indonesian Association of Automotive Industry) which was held in its Jakarta office. The Gaikindo representatives organised this event and all its members with an interest in electric vehicles were...

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02/19/2018

The Indio German Working Group on Automotive discussed collaboration in the e-mobility sector during the Indian Auto Expo

The Indo German Working Group on Automotive conducted a discussion with German Industry and Indian government officials on the 9th of February 2018 at the Indian Auto Expo 2018. The working group includes representatives of the German and Indian Automobile industries and has been working to...

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