Penske Truck Leasing, a specialist in full-service truck leasing, has joined the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN), a worldwide industry alliance focused on promoting the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the global standard for charging electric vehicles (EVs) of all types.
Penske will focus its attention on helping to promote electric vehicle charging standards for commercial vehicles in North America by participating with the group's High Power Charging for Commercial Vehicles Task Force (HPCCV Task Force).
Brian Hard, president and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing, said: “As a leading services provider to commercial fleets, we feel standardization around electric vehicle charging and charging stations will help accelerate the use of EVs within the transportation industry.
“The interoperability of vehicle charging stations over the road is essential for commercial fleet uptime, efficiency, maintenance, and general ease of use for the industry."
Penske Truck Leasing reports increased interest in EVs from among its commercial customers, and argues that improving standardization with EV charging may help reduce complexity for fleet operators and truck drivers as well as maintenance providers, and recharging/refueling providers.
Oleg Logvinov, the spokesperson for CharIN in North America and president and CEO of IoTecha (pictured above), said: “We are thrilled to have Penske Truck Leasing as a CharIN member and active contributor to the work of the HPCCV Task Force.
“Our goal is to extend CCS capabilities to meet the requirements for commercial EV charging. The input from end users is the key to our success. Penske is the first fleet operator to join our team and this brings this important work one step closer to successful completion.”
CharIN is a registered association founded by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Mennekes, Opel, Phoenix Contact, Porsche, TÜV SÜD and Volkswagen.
Based in Berlin, Germany it is open to all interested parties and aims to develop and establish CCS as the global standard for charging battery powered electric vehicles.
Its activities include expanding the global network of companies supporting CCS, drafting requirements to accelerate the evolution of charging related standards, and defining a certification system for all manufacturers implementing CCS in their products.