The European Combined Charging System (CCS) initiative CharIN presented the Megawatt Charging System (MCS), the future charging standard for heavy commercial vehicles, for the first time in Oslo. The prototype design of the connector, which is intended to enable charging capacities of up to 3.75 MW, was also shown. Initial pilot projects are planned for next year, with commercial rollout expected in 2024.
The design of the charging plug was on display at ABB eMobility's booth, for example. The prototype, long kept secret by CharIN, is triangular, with the tip pointing down. Large receptacles for the two DC pins are placed in the two upper corners. The other, smaller pins for grounding and communications are placed in the center and below the prototype.
According to CharIN, some members of the organization will introduce their respective products implementing MCS in the coming year. So the connector design should already be very close to the final specification. In addition, the charging process with converted charging columns was demonstrated in Oslo. It is not known what charging power is possible with these converted charging stations. The megawatt charging system is designed for a charging voltage of up to 1,250 volts and a current of 3,000 amperes, which theoretically corresponds to a charging capacity of up to 3.75 megawatts.