Who is behind CharIN e.V.?

The association Charging Interface Initiative e. V. is registered in the German capital Berlin (“eingetragener Verein”, “e. V.”).
The association is organized as follows:

Chairman Claas Bracklo (BMW Group)

Senior Consultant Electromobility at the VDA, Manager in the power train engineering division of BMW and Chairman of the CharIN e.V.


Claas Bracklo joined BMW in March 2005 and held various senior management positions in research and development with focus on E/E-architectures, system design, hardware/software components and in car networking. Prior to his current position in the innovation field electromobility he was in charge of body electronics development. He started his career with Mercedes Benz and Daimler in the development of bus systems technology and introduced the CAN and LIN in car networking. Further, he led several teams in the area of system test, architecture and ECU-development. He was initiator and founding member of the LIN, Autosar and FlexRay consortium and acted as the FlexRay spokesperson in the initial phase. Claas Bracklo holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dortmund.

Treasurer Michael Keller (Volkswagen AG)

Leader development coordination for charging and charging infrastructure within Volkswagen Group 


Before joining Volkswagen in 2010 as Senior Manager Energy Systems and Energy Functions, Michael Keller was development manager responsible for battery technologies and traction battery systems, amongst other topics, at the Tier 1 supplier Continental. In 2009, he was awarded the “Professor Ferdinand Porsche Preis” of the Technical University of Vienna for the first automotive application of a lithium-ion hybrid battery. Michael Keller obtained his Engineering Diploma in Electronics at the University of Karlsruhe and, by now, has over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry.

Steering Committee

Gabriela Binasch (NXP Semiconductors)

Director of Sales & Marketing at NXP Semiconductors and responsible for the Automotive Business Development.


Gabriela Binasch joined NXP Semiconductors in 2006, focussing on the technology marketing in the area of car network, secure access, broadcast reception and Car2Car/ITS. Since NXP's merger with Freescale she has extended her focus to hardware electronics of the future battery systems. Before joining NXP Semiconductors, she held various functions in the Product Management and Marketing at Philips. Gabriela Binasch holds a degree in Physics from the University of Cologne.

Dr. Peter Ramminger (Opel Automobile GmbH)

Manager for Propulsion Electrification Hardware Engineering (RD2/DCTC/CMAG/ELEC).

Dr. Ramminger joined the former Adam Opel AG almost 30 years ago, after having studied Electrical Engineering and completed a PhD at the Technical University of Darmstadt. After working chassis and safety electronics, he assumed management positions in chassis engineering and corporate cross-european lead of powertrain electronics development in the corporation at that time. Further assignments included a position as Chief Engineer for Propulsion/Transmission electrification. With Opel as a part of PSA, he is now managing all propulsion electrification hardware engineering at Rüsselsheim engineering site, including the OnBoard charging hardware for electric vehicles.

Roman Strasser (AUDI AG)

Manager in various positions in research and development at AUDI AG.


Roman Strasser joined Audi in 2004 and held various management positions in research and development with focus on transmission electronics, engine control hardware and power electronics and charging systems. He started his career with Siemens and Jatco Europe in the development of transmission electronics and control. Roman Strasser holds a degree in Electrical Engineering of the Technical University (TU) of Munich.

Stefan Sturm (BMW AG)

BMW head of predevelopment and system design. Further, he takes care of the standardization of charging systems.


Since 2002, Stefan Sturm works for BMW where he had different positions in the field of electrical and electronic developments. Before joining the automotive sector, he worked at Fairchild Dornier for 4 years where he developed the Avionic for the model Dornier238. He mainly focused on the development of autopilot-, communication-, display- and navigation systems. Stefan Sturm studied at the University (FH) Munich and obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering in 1995.

Axel Willikens (Mercedes-Benz AG)

Senior manager Charging at Mercedes-Benz AG, responsible for onboard charging HW & SW including charging interfaces and charging system.


Axel Willikens has more than 32 years of experience in the areas of wiring harness, HV/LV contacting, power distribution, telematics, EE-HW technology & quality, as well as in advanced technology development for power electronics. Further, he was project leader at Toll Collect Germany and worked in a program for optimization of material cost. Axel Willikens has a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Jacob Mathews (Ford Motor Company)

Manager of EV Standards and Regulations at Ford Motor Company.


Jacob Mathews is the Manager of EV Standards and Regulations at Ford Motor Company. He has over 30 years of engineering experience in design, development and implementation of Electrical / Electronic components and systems at Ford. As the Electrical Systems lead, he has launched various products over the years including the F150, Ford Fusion etc. He is passionate about vehicle electrification and holds over 25 US and Global patents in EVs and HEV technologies. In his present assignment within Sustainability, Environmental and Safety Engineering organization, he interfaces with Regulators, Utilities, NGOs and Universities to help develop projects, policies and regulations for EV infrastructure deployment that will accelerate EV adoption.

Oliver Richter (Mennekes Stecker GmbH & Co KG)

Technical Manager of Mennekes Stecker GmbH & Co. KG.


Oliver Richter joined the Menneckes Group in 2010. Starting as a project manager in the company that "invented the AC type 2 connector", he moved to the Technical Manager position in 2014 - striving to take the next technical step in charging E-vehicles: the CCS system. Prior to his time at Menneckes, Oliver Richter worked for Daimler AG and IVM Stuttgart GmbH. He holds a degree in Physics and Technologies from the University of Applied Sciences MFH Iserlohn.

Michael Heinemann (PHOENIX CONTACT E-Mobility GmbH)

Chief Executive Officer at Phoenix Contact E-Mobility.


In the course of his more than 25 years at Phoenix Contact, Michael Heinemann held many different positions. Before moving to the CEO position of Phoenix Contact E-Mobility in 2019, he was Executive Vice President at Phoenix Contact Power Supplies. Michael Heinemann completed his technical education in Electronics at Phoenix Contact.

Claas Kirchner (Volkswagen AG)

Head of Software and Product Management Electric /Electronics Development at Volkswagen


Claas Kirchner took up his work as Head of Software and Product Management Electric/Electronics Development in 2016. Prior to this, he collected more than 15 years of experience in electronic systems in the automotive industry. Claas Kirchner hold a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Harz University of Applied Sciences.

Fabian Grill (Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG)

Head of Charging Systems at Porsche AG Development.


Fabian Grill joined Porsche in 2000 and has held managing positions in the areas of functional language management systems and infotainment components (Asia) since then. Before he took up his position as Head of Charging Systems, he was project manager Electrical/Electronics for the Porsche 918 Spyder. Fabian Grill obtained his degree of Communications Engineering at the Fachhochschule Karlsruhe.

Volker Blandow (TÜV SÜD China Holding, Hong Kong)

Global head of electric mobility activities at TÜV SÜD.


Mr. Blandow has worked in the field of electric vehicles since 1991. From 1994 to 2011 he was active as a strategy consultant in the field of renewable energies and clean transport technologies. Important topics have been studies on the depletion of fossil resources, potentials of renewable energies as well as carbon footprint and life cycle assessments. His specialization has always been electric vehicles powered by fuel cells / hydrogen and/or batteries.

Selvam Kandasamy (Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited)

General Manager, Embedded Systems at Mahindra Electric.


Selvam Kandasamy joined Mahindra Electric in 2016 heading Embedded Systems and responsible i.a. for the development of EV ECUs like Vehicle Control Unit, Charge Control Module, Battery Management System. Mr. Kandasamy holds a Master degree in Mechatronics from the University of Applied Sciences Aachen and collected more than 15 years of experience in Automotive Industry especially in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems with Continental - Automotive Distance Control System GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH and Audi AG.

Jim Tarchinski (General Motors)

Jim Tarchinski is currently the Global Lead for Codes, Regulations and Standards related to electric vehicle charging at General Motors, Michigan (USA)


Jim Tarchinski has designed and developed electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles for over twenty-five years starting as the Propulsion Testing Supervisor on GM’s EV1, the groundbreaking vehicle that propelled the automotive industry into electrified propulsion systems. Jim is the current Chair of SAE International’s Hybrid-EV Technical Committee and holds 17 U.S. Patents focused on EV technology. He’s earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and a MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Johan Peeters (ABB)

Global Vice President Sales & Marketing, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure


Johan Peeters is worldwide Sales and Marketing responsible for ABB’s EV Infrastructure business. He joined ABB 2011 when ABB acquired Epyon Power, where he held the position of VP Sales and Marketing. Johan Peeters graduated as a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

General Assembly

1 assigned Representative of each Member

Head Office

Contact: coordination(at)charinev.org

André Kaufung (innos GmbH)