Development departments of car manufacturers as well as manufacturers and operators of charging stations can simplify the analysis of CCS (Combined Charging System) charging communication with the CCS Listener from Vector. Connected to an inductive coupler that is simply placed around the charging cable, the analysis device is ready for quick use in the field. But the CCS Listener can also be used for continuous recording of the charging communication in the vehicle with a data logger.
The handy CCS Listener enables passive, interference-free “listening” to the CCS charging communication between the electric vehicle and the charging pole (DIN 70121, ISO 15118, IEC 61851). The special feature of the hardware: the communication is not influenced during the analysis, because the PLC signal can be tapped indirectly via an inductive coupler without a connection to the signal-carrying Control Pilot in the charging cable. In this way, users avoid complex isolation from the high voltage. The communication is displayed in Vector’s CANoe analysis software.
With the CCS Listener, Vector contributes to improving the interoperability between the charging infrastructure and electric vehicles. This applies to applications both in the field for short-term analysis, for example in the case of charging interruptions, or for continuous recording of charging processes in conjunction with a data logger in the test vehicle. The CCS Listener fits into any laptop bag and is immediately ready for use on site: plug it in, switch it on and the analysis can begin.
The device, which has been available on the market for two years, has now been revised and is available as version VH5110A. The new features make the device more robust and the application more user-friendly: thanks to the extended input voltage range from 9V to 36V, the CCS Listener can be connected directly to the vehicle’s electrical system regardless of the voltage – an advantage especially for the analysis of charging communication in commercial vehicles. Another new feature is the CCS Listener, which allows users to see whether the device is in operation and also provides information on the status of the communication.