CharIN North America Tells States Interoperability is Crucial to Publicly Funded Projects

On October 6, 2023, CharIN North America provided states with industry insights in response to the National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Request for Information (RFI) on the North American Charging Standard (NACS) -SAE J3400 Market Readiness and Standardization.  

In an official statement, CharIN addressed the need for states to consider interoperability when funding projects in the coming years as they answer important questions of hardware deployment costs, technical specifications, and standardization of both CCS and NACS systems. Interoperability allows EV charging systems from various manufacturers and networks seamlessly communicate and function together and is a prerequisite to charging being accessible and simple for all.  

CharIN supports ongoing standardization of NACS via SAE J3400, but standardization without interoperability will not yield a positive consumer experience for drivers. A competitive marketplace with many participants in different segments of the ecosystem requires collaboration between companies, and CharIN is the central organization for such industry collaboration. As SAE J3400 use expands, establishing interoperability will be an extensive and ongoing process, which CharIN intends to support.  

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Published on: 11/03/2023

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Erika Myers

Executive Director, Charging Interface Initiative North America (CharIN Inc.)

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