New charging standard paves way for multiple speeds on one connector
Developed in concensus with 190 global experts from the automotive, charging equipment, utilities industries and national labs, the standard is aimed at enabling long-distance electric vehicle travel and integration with a smart electricity grid, designed to reduce the risk of blackouts.
Building on the previous standard for charging, which covered AC units, the revised version integrates DC Level 1 and Level 2 charging units and defines specifications for levels, connectors and electrical interfaces. It will allow multiple charging speeds to be offered from a single connection.
Gery Kissel, engineering specialist, global battery systems, GM, and chairman of the task force responsible for the standard, explained: ‘This new standard reflects the many hours that top industry experts from around the world worked to achieve the best charging solution – a solution that helps vehicle electrification technology move forward.’
Andrew Smart, Director of Industry Relations and Business Development for SAE International, added: ‘This new technical standard is a real game-changer. It reflects the advancements in technology within PHEV and EV engineering and we are pleased to represent the collaborative efforts within industry that made it possible.’