Infineon joins CharIN to Support Global Electro Mobility Standards

January 23, 2017 by Jeff Shepard

In a reflection of its support for the global standardization of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, Infineon Technologies AG has joined the global Charging Interface Initiative e.V. (CharIN). CharIN's goal is to develop, establish and promote a world standard for a charging system for all kinds of battery-powered electric vehicles. Among its founding members are major automotive manufacturers.

“Infineon has an essential role to play in making a fast, energy-efficient and standardized charger infrastructure a worldwide reality,” said Peter Schiefer, President of the Automotive division at Infineon. “We are accelerating the deployment of electric mobility with our know-how in automotive systems and safety, and our automotive semiconductor solutions based on leading-edge materials.”

Infineon provides to CharIN its vast system expertise in electric mobility as well as its automotive safety and data security knowledge. As a member, Infineon contributes to making vehicle chargers safe, efficient, and fast while also making off-board chargers highly efficient.

For a broad adoption of electric cars, a reduction of costs is crucial, particularly with regard to batteries, as well as an increase in travel range. In addition, a smart grid and an adequate charging stations infrastructure with standardized connectors and communication interfaces are essential. The semiconductor solutions from Infineon foster the technological breakthrough in areas such as battery cost and travel range, charging infrastructure and smart grid with all its facets.

Within the energy sphere, Infineon’s solutions play a central role in three respects: in generating energy from the wind and sun, in transmitting energy, and in feeding energy into batteries and feeding energy from the electric vehicle back into the grid. Infineon’s security know-how supports secured payment procedures at charging stations and when excess energy of parked electric vehicles is fed back into the grid to make up for peak demand of other consumers.

Charging stations could also be equipped with additional semiconductors for a two-way exchange of electric energy. These procedures would be billed through the electricity provider. To this end security chips are needed for authentication and secured data exchange at the communication interfaces of charging station and vehicle.