As pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars gather momentum, the need for faster and easy charging is being felt more acutely. Audi is involved in the Charging Interface initiative e.V (also called CharIN), this initiative sets the technical standards in the field of Combined Charging System (CCS). The company is confident that the next-gen charging systems will provide 150 kW of charging based on the CCS standard.
CCS is a system in which it is possible to charge electric cars with Alternating Current (AC) or Direct Current (DC) through a standardized charging interface known as the Combo Plug. This technology is already present in the Audi R8 e-tron as well as the recently unveiled Audi e-tron quattro concept that will spawn into a production all-electric crossover in early 2018. Audi says that through the use of this system, the e-tron quattro concept can be charged in 30 minutes with enough electricity to cover a range of 400 km (248.5 miles). This is a significant gain, especially when one keeps in mind that the range on a full charge is above 500 km (310.7 miles).
Audi has presented its first results in front of its CharIN partners at the ELIV Congress held in Baden-Baden on October 14 and 15.
The official charging solution of the European Union is based on the international CCS standard and will be fully implemented by 2017. Automakers like Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, Volkswagen and Opel are the founding members of CharIN.