The Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) is an organization that works to promote standards in the EV charging industry, and one of its roles is bring stakeholders together to test new charging equipment and standards.
Now CharIN plans to bring together some 50 manufacturers for a major EV testing event. The Vehicle Interoperability Testing Symposium (VOLTS) will take place May 9-11, 2023 at WattEV’s new charging hub at the Port of Long Beach in California.
WattEV is building a nationwide network of heavy-duty charging facilities to serve fleets of electric trucks, and has been in testing with several shippers and carriers along major freight corridors.
The VOLTS event will focus primarily on the new EV communications standard ISO 15118, which includes the highly popular Plug & Charge feature. In addition to the testing event, there will be a conference featuring EV experts from the public and private sectors.
“California’s ambitious goals to support a 100% zero emission transportation future require a robust and reliable EV charging network,” said Patty Monahan, a Commissioner at the California Energy Commission (CEC), one of the sponsors of the event. “Whether driving an electric car or big rig truck, consumers should have a charging experience that is at least as good as refueling at a gas station. CEC is happy to support one of the largest testing events in North America, which will improve charger reliability and the customer experience.”
“This is an exciting opportunity to connect with the great minds of this industry and see the latest innovations in the space,” said WattEV CEO Salim Youssefzadeh. “As proud CharIN members, we look forward to inviting thought leaders to our Port of Long Beach site.”
“Given new federal rules requiring ISO 15118 compliance for National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program funding, this event will provide critical support to the EV industry,” said CharIN North America Executive Director Erika Myers.
Source: Charging Interface Initiative