For now, there are many different designs for electric car components – charging plugs, for example – what advances have been made in standardizing electric mobility?
Standardizing electric mobility is being undertaken by several standardization organizations on the national, European and global level. The fact that different and initially independent industries are merging in the field of electric mobility poses a great challenge. Norms and specifications are essential for a safe, seamless and swift introduction of electric mobility. Among other things, they guarantee the use of standardized interfaces between electric cars and charging stations, the safe handling of electric cars during the charging process, as well as high quality standards in all aspects of electric mobility from vehicle production to daily use.
The Combined Charging System (CCS) represents a standardized charging system for Europe and the United States. It allows users to charge their electric vehicles with up to 43 kilowatts at regular charging stations and potentially up to 350 kilowatts at fast-charging stations.
For future charging systems like wireless inductive charging, international standards need to be developed early on as well.
The National Platform Electric Mobility (NPE) has developed cross-sector documents on the topic "standardization and certification", which describe the path to and instruments for standardization both on the national as well as the European and international level. The basis for all standardization activities is the "standardization roadmap electric mobility (NPE) 1.0“, which has since been actively introduced to all relevant committees on the European and international level. The advances made on the subject are described in the versions 2.0 (February 2012) and 3.0 (December 2014).