The CCS standard is a global open standard and can be used by all vehicle and charging station manufacturers. To date, eight automotive manufacturers from the United States and Europe have adopted the CCS standard. Commercial CCS charging stations will be available in the coming months with the first vehicles equipped with the new system expected to launch in Europe later this year and the United States in 2014.
The announcement of one of the first CCS chargers in the United States supports Volkswagen Group's ongoing development of electric vehicles for markets around the world. With a production EV slated for 2014 in the United States, the team at the ERL led an evaluation of more than 20 prototype e-Golf battery electric vehicles throughout 2012 in three select markets -- San Francisco, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. The pilot scheme has equipped Volkswagen Group engineers with valuable data that will be used in the final development of future EV technology applications. In addition to the new charger, today the first CCS-equipped e-Golf in North America was introduced with plans to update the remainder of the prototype test fleet in 2013.
About Volkswagen Group Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL)
Volkswagen Group's Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) located in Belmont, California represents the Group's applied research and development initiatives in North America. With a focus on advanced technology, the ERL's mission is to develop innovations for future generations of vehicles with the goal of transferring technologies from many industries into the automotive domain. The ERL was established in August 1998 with three employees and today has grown to become the Volkswagen Group's largest research facility outside of Germany employing approximately 100 engineers, social scientists, researchers, and product designers.
About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world's leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. It operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as its finance subsidiary VW Credit, Inc. Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Virginia, Volkswagen Group of America brings to the U.S. vehicles that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and environmentally sound automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has approximately 5,900 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a 950-strong dealer network.
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