Authorities from the respective standardization bodies of Germany and Italy have reached an agreement on a shared charging method for Type 2 electric vehicle charging. The two national authorities will propose to the CENELEC, European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, the adoption of a Type 2 socket outlet developed by German electric plug and connector manufacturer Menneke. This proposal signals the beginning of a crucial development in furthering electric vehicle adoption as the adoption of a single charging standard across the two countries would enable Italian and German electric vehicle owners to travel freely between the two countries without need for complicated or expensive adaptor plugs. Furthermore, the proposed standard Type 2 interface would also enable other EU countries to adopt the same standard, thereby unifying the charging infrastructure across a majority of the European continent. This process would be relatively simple as existing EU Commission standards have already established mandates for plugs, socket-outlets, vehicle connectors and vehicle inlets in an effort to enforce compliance with a unified EU charging standard.

Source: EV World: German, Italian Standards Bodies Agree on Common EV Plug

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