Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen have agreed to a harmonised, single-port fast-charging design to be integrated into all EVs sold in Europe and the US.
The combined port integrates every charging scenario into one vehicle inlet/charging connector and uses identical ways for vehicles to communicate with charging stations.
The seven manufacturers agreed the development of a common charging strategy was good for customers, charging infrastructure suppliers and the industry as a whole.
Standardisation will reduce build complexity for manufacturers, speed up the installation of common systems internationally and improve the ownership experience for EV drivers.
Ford vice president of international government affairs, Steve Biegun, gave credit to the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) and the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) for their role in fast-tracking the agreement.
“We know how important it is to provide technologically innovative solutions that are convenient for our customers - it's part of our One Ford vision and a key factor in our company's overall success," Mr Biegun said."We applied the same philosophy in working with other global automakers and governments to offer one common approach on charging electric vehicles – helping speed infrastructure development, strengthen economic growth and most importantly, make charging even more convenient for our customers.”
The seven manufacturers agree a standardised approach provides a framework for future infrastructure planning as well as a communication protocol to assist the integration of electric vehicles into smart grids.