ABB charges ahead with first CharIN CCS certification for its DC charger portfolio

As demand for green transport continues to grow, ABB is on route to becoming the first company to secure CharIN Combined Charging System (CCS) Basic Certificates, that improve interoperability and significantly enhance the experience for users of its DC charging stations.

With total Electric Vehicle (EV) sales predicted to grow from 2.5 million in 2020 to 31.1 million by 20301, investing in charging infrastructure and driving common standards and interoperability will be key to satisfying this increasing demand.

In response, ABB is leading the CharIN working group to establish independent CCS testing, in collaboration with DEKRA, to become the first company to receive the CCS Basic conformance certification for its DC chargers. This will guarantee interoperability and safe operations between chargers and electrical vehicles of any brand.   

President of ABB’s E-mobility Division, Frank Muehlon said: “One of our fundamental principles is to ensure that our charging stations are as interoperable and user friendly as possible, so that we can really drive broader adoption of EVs around the globe. This certification is a strong sign that we are doing just that; that our chargers are flying the flag for common standards so that more people make the switch to an EV future.”

DC charging station manufacturers can apply for a CharIN CCS Basic certificate, which will be issued after successful testing by CharIN recognized test laboratories. DEKRA is one of the first two test houses officially appointed by CharIN as recognized test laboratories, having shown their expertise in the field of test execution and results analysis.

ABB DC charging solutions that use CCS1 and CCS2 are currently undergoing certification by DEKRA. Certification guarantees customers that ABB chargers are fully compliant to the latest CCS standard and as a result will work safely and reliably with any compatible CCS certified vehicle.

CharIN is a global association with 200 members dedicated to promoting interoperability based on the Combined Charging System (CCS) to charge electrical vehicles of all types on a global level. ABB joined CharIN in 2015, the year the CharIN association was established. ABB is part of the CharIN steering committee and actively participated in both developing and implementing CCS as a standard. ABB is leading the CharIN working group dedicated to CCS interoperability testing and certification. 

1: Electric vehicle trends | Deloitte Insights 

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