Charging interface - IEC 61851 / IEC 62196-2
The Charging Interface Standards - IEC 61851 and IEC 62196-2 are internationally recognized guidelines that define the specifications and requirements for electric vehicle (EV) charging interfaces. These standards have been established to ensure the interoperability and safety of electric vehicle charging across different manufacturers and regions.
IEC 61851 outlines the general principles and technical specifications for conductive charging systems, providing a framework for various charging modes and communication protocols. It covers aspects such as the physical design of the charging connectors, the communication between the vehicle and the charging station, and the electrical safety features necessary to protect both the vehicle and the charging infrastructure.
IEC 62196-2, on the other hand, focuses on the specific details of the Type 2 connector, which is widely used in Europe for AC charging. It provides a comprehensive specification for the design and construction of the Type 2 connector, ensuring that it can safely and efficiently deliver power to electric vehicles.
Both standards play a crucial role in the widespread adoption of electric vehicles, as they enable a consistent and reliable charging experience for EV users, regardless of the make or model of their vehicle and the charging equipment they encounter.