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CharIN e.V. and SEPA Sign Agreement to Collaboratively Address Barriers to EV Adoption

Two organizations aim to co-develop content and programming to advance shared strategic priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recognizing that transportation electrification is essential to achieving a carbon-free energy future, the Charging Interface Initiative e.V. (CharIN) and Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) have jointly signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” which formalizes their plans to collaborate.

The two organizations intend to work together to advance and promote vehicle-grid-integration (VGI) technology and standards. Both organizations acknowledge the importance of engaging the full spectrum of industry and nonindustry stakeholders in the pursuit of a common vision and goals for VGI.

Additional details and planned activities will be announced in 2020.

“The CharIN association includes members from the global EV charging value chain,” said Claas Bracklo, Chairman of the CharIN e.V. “EVs play a key role in the future grid, and utilities can leverage them as bidirectional grid assets. We are excited about the opening of our North American office as a base for collaboration with important regional strategic partners, including SEPA.”

According to Erika Myers, Principal, Transportation Electrification for SEPA, “In order to achieve a Vehicle-Grid-Integration (VGI) future, we must bring together the EV manufacturers, charging infrastructure providers, and electric utilities. This agreement will help advance important standards for VGI, and we are excited to be working with CharIN to further our shared goals and create enhanced opportunities for collaboration.” Erika also noted that this is SEPA’s first international agreement, reflecting the global market for EVs. “VGI standards developed abroad may directly impact our domestic utility members.”

CharIN is an international association of vehicle manufacturers, energy providers and original equipment manufacturers with one common goal: To establish the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the global standard for charging all types of battery powered electric vehicles. CharIN has over 180 members along the whole value chain from all over the world. It is open to all interested parties and has offices in Germany, Hong Kong, South Korea, India, Japan, China and the US. Please find more information at:

The Smart Electric Power Alliance is a Washington, DC based nonprofit organization that envisions a carbon-free energy system by 2050, and the nation’s fleet of vehicles powered by carbon-free electricity. SEPA works to facilitate the electric power industry’s smart transition to a clean and modern energy future through education, research, standards, and collaboration. Through educational activities, working groups, peer-to-peer engagements and advisory services, SEPA convenes interested parties to facilitate information exchange and knowledge transfer to offer the highest value for our members and partner organizations. For more information, check out Smart Electric Power Alliance

Both organizations look forward to a productive collaboration

Press Contact:
Charging Interface Initiative e.V.
c/o innos – Sperlich GmbH
Kurfürstendamm 11
10719 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 288 8388-0
Fax: +49 30 288 8388-19
E-Mail: [email protected]

Smart Electric Power Alliance
1220 19th Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-2405
Jordan Nachbar
Communications Manager
Phone: 202-559-2034
E-Mail: [email protected]