02 June 2023


On 31 May, during the fourth Ministerial meeting of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC) in Luleå, Sweden, the European Union and the United States renewed their commitment to developing a standardised charging vision for electric heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs).

According to the joint statement, both sides recognise the significance of the Megawatt Charging System (MCS) adopted by international standardisation organisations IEC, SAE, and ISO for charging electric HDVs. The new standard will allow fast charging of electric HDVs along highways and is essential to reduce the charging time to match the legal resting break of drivers and ensure the uptake of long-haul zero-emission trucking. The MCS application also holds potential for various sectors, including aviation, inland and ocean shipping. As part of their cooperation, the EU and the US will collaborate on developing a transatlantic test procedure for high-power charging, ensuring interoperability, system charge performance, which will reduce manufacturing and deployment costs.

In addition, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) released a joint document on the same day, which included technical recommendations. The document, titled ‘’Transatlantic Technical Recommendations for Government-Funded Implementation of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure’’, aims to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, promote harmonised standards, eliminate trade barriers, and contribute to renewable energy integration, grid stability, and the greening of road transport.

 The recommendations can be found here.

 Source: European Commission