• Sep 26, 2011
ACEA connection

The European automotive industry has agreed on a common system for charging plug-in vehicle throughout Europe.

The ACEA, Europe's automobile manufacturers' trade association, aims to standardize one type of connector for all plug-ins sold in Europe. ACEA's secretary general, Ivan Hodac, stated:
This paves the way for a harmonized solution around the globe. We call on the European Commission, the standardization bodies and the infrastructure providers to adopt these recommendations and to clear remaining issues as soon as possible
The association is pushing regulators and rivals across the globe to adopt the same standard, a move which the ACEA says will end "fragmentation." The main agreement announced by ACEA relates to a standardized plug, but the association also released a series of detailed recommendations pertaining to the entire link between the charging infrastructure and a vehicle's electrical inlet, including amperage, communication with the grid and more. The ACEA looks to implement these standards throughout Europe, and possibly across the globe, by 2017.
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European auto makers pave way for uniform system of e-vehicle charging

Brussels, 22/09/2011 - The European automobile manufacturers have defined a comprehensive set of recommendations to standardise the charging of electrically-chargeable vehicles. The joint industry proposal will enable the use of one type of plug independent of car make, electricity provider or country.

"This is a major step towards the broader introduction of electrically-chargeable vehicles in Europe and paves the way for a harmonised solution around the globe", said Ivan Hodac, Secretary General of ACEA, the automobile manufacturers' trade association. "We call on the European Commission, the standardisation bodies and the infrastructure providers to adopt these recommendations and to clear remaining issues as soon as possible."

Standardisation of the connection between the electricity grid and electrically-chargeable vehicles is one of the prerequisites to help e-mobility gain a viable market share. At present, a variety of solutions is used, leading to a fragmentation of the market across Europe and abroad.

The industry recommendations cover the whole link between the public charging infrastructure and the vehicle inlet including the communication between the two, and they address both slow and fast charging with direct or alternate current. As soon as approved by the relevant standardisation bodies, vehicle manufacturers will start integrating the uniform application in their production cycles. The auto industry advocates the full implementation for new vehicles types from 2017.

A unique standard for vehicle charging will benefit all parties involved: the auto industry, the consumer and the infrastructure provider. "Standardisation provides predictability to investors; it enables economy of scale and reduces costs. We have also ensured a solution that meets the highest safety standards and is easy to use", said Hodac.

Most stakeholders assume a realistic market share for electrically-chargeable vehicles in the range of 3 to 10% of new sales by 2020 to 2025, depending on how quickly the most immediate challenges can be addressed.

About ACEA

The European automotive industry is key to the strength and competitiveness of Europe. The ACEA members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, FIAT S.p.A., Ford of Europe, General Motors Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, MAN Truck & Bus, Porsche, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Scania, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group. They provide direct employment to more than 2.3 million people and indirectly support another 10 million jobs. Annually, ACEA members invest over €26 billion in R&D, or 5% of turnover.


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      • 1 Day Ago
      Let's see we have J1772, AVCON before, and what the hell is wrong with NEMA? This is all just a scam to sell a new connector every few years so the entire existing infrastructure has to be swapped out. No more. J1772, live with it.
      • 1 Day Ago
      The standard is "TYPE2/TYPE 2 COMBO" (German Mennekes). AC + DC in one plug. http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/4805/mennekesdc.jpg http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/4638/mennekes.jpg http://img847.imageshack.us/img847/6048/rtemagiccmennekesladeka.jpg
      EZEE
      • 1 Day Ago
      This is a no brainer for all - lets do it.
        • 1 Day Ago
        @EZEE
        Unless you are one of the many with an actual working car using another standard that is already installed in many countries. This is not driven by common sense but money and politics.
      • 1 Day Ago
      What is wrong with the IEC Mode 4 (1000 V DC and 400 A)? Oh, it doesn't specify the details on the plugs and sockets. Well, shouldn't be that difficult to get global aggreement on cable colour codes and location of all the pins and what not. (sarcasm) In all seriousness, hopefully there'll be similar understanding that made phone companies to use joint USB technology instead of proprietary technology. (Just don't use a 5 Volt USB connector to charge a car :D )
      Rotation
      • 1 Day Ago
      Let's see the spec first. If it's anything like other harmonized European specs it was designed primarily with the purpose of including as many European-patented items as possible so as to maximize license fees. Remember this is a TRADE association proposing this after all.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 1 Day Ago
      I can't help feel this could be done incomparably more elegant. how crude and childish a design. no regard for usability and practicality. done with all the grace of equipment for a construction site. how revoltingly unintelligent and industrial. compounded by the reality that these people exist in a vacuum unburdened by external thought and input and can never be reached. off the top of my head, why not a blade design. two deep pads on the underside for DC, three on the top side for AC, optical control signal at the end. was it ever considered... of course not
        EZEE
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Dude, are you complaining about a plug? Envisions riots in European streets...obligatory Starbucks being destroyed...'Down with non-elegant plugs!'
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 1 Day Ago
          @EZEE
          obviously imagine 4 ports for this plug on your car.. clearer now?
      Ele Truk
      • 1 Day Ago
      This looks very much like the J-1772 Level 3 connector SAE is working on (with slight modification to the envelope). So Europe adopting the J-1772 means one less set of incompatible connectors. I'm all for that.