According to InsideEVs, the location was not accidental. It is where Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and Portland General Electric (PGE) opened a heavy-duty electric truck charging site in 2021, which was initially equipped with CCS Combo 1 plugs. However, now, it also has MCS prototypes.
In addition, the system has been under development for nearly four years. And it supports CharIN’s goal to build a worldwide charging standard for heavy-duty transportation.
CharIN noted that it was the first opportunity when a dozen medium and heavy-duty vehicles were tested for their interactiveness.
Almost 300 attendees were present. Industry experts, including charging station companies, component suppliers, energy providers, global automotive manufacturers, government officials, grid operators, influencers, and research institutes, gathered at the DTNA headquarters in Portland.
The Megawatt Charging System was created for a maximum current of 3,000 A (3 kA) up to 1,250 V (1.25 kV), with a potential 3,750 kW (3.75 MW) of power.
Having a high power output is significant to support the rollout of heavy-duty fully-electric vehicles. As large EVs have huge battery packs, and charging them in 20-60 minutes, will need high power than regular electric vehicles.
The first pilot project for the MCS will be issued in 2023, while the commercial release is expected to be in 2024.
“The breadth of the topics discussed by the leading stakeholders is a clear indication of how quickly our ecosystem is growing,” said chairman of CharIN Inc. And CEO of IoTecha Corp. Oleg Logvinov.
“Nature teaches us that biodiversity is the key to thriving ecosystems, and the e-mobility industry, based on CCS and MCS, is already demonstrating diverse use cases and stakeholders.”
CharIN is a non-profit organization open to any company worldwide involved in the e-mobility business. With over 280 members to promote the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the global standard for charging all kinds of vehicles.