Keysight buys German test firm to tackle EV charging

Keysight buys German test firm to tackle EV charging

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By Nick Flaherty

Keysight Technologies has bought the assets of a German test company to boost its expertise in EV charging standards

“Keysight has added the portfolio of verisco GmbH, based in Dortmund, Germany, which enables us to significantly expand our EV charging solution offering,” said Thomas Goetzl, vice president and general manager for Keysight’s Automotive & Energy Solutions business unit.

“As verisco GmbH has contributed to international standardization communities in ISO and IEC and supported open test platforms such as the International ISO 15118 Testing Symposium and CharIN Testivals, we intend to continue our efforts to drive international charging standardization and interoperability work based on the unique application knowledge that the verisco GmbH team has brought to Keysight.” 

The asset deal sees Verisco’s products and services available through Keysight, and all Verisco employees and former directors have become part of Keysight. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.  

The company designs and develops highly modular and automated test solutions for the verification of smart charging systems with the goal to advance interoperability of such complex systems to ultimately deliver reliable and secure EV charging customer experiences. It has a strong track record of developing test automation technologies that support the digital transformation and electrification of the automotive and transportation industry and is a key contributor to worldwide EV standardization efforts. Verisco’s interdisciplinary engineering team continuously contributes to international standardization communities in ISO and IEC and supports open test platforms like the International ISO 15118 Testing Symposium and CharIN Testivals. 

Along with its test solutions, the entire highly specialized development team has also joined Keysight. This has enabled a complete charging test system for all major charging standards. The Scienlab Charging Discovery System (CDS), which offers holistic test of AC and DC charging interfaces in electric vehicle (EV) and EVSE. Its modular design allows customers to configure the CDS to meet their specific needs, eliminating the need to purchase multiple EV/EVSE tests with a single solution, reducing time to market and costs. 

The latest Scienlab SL1302A software enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), primarily in China, to perform electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) interoperability tests based on the GB/T 34657.1 standard. 

Keysight provides comprehensive test case libraries that meet charging conformance and interoperability standards. Each library is developed according to official specification and carefully verified with charging test hardware configurations and software release version with automated EVSE interoperability testing for the charging standard GB/T as well as comprehensive coverage of interoperability and conformance testing. 

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