Open protocol enables free access to Plug&Charge for electric vehicles

Open protocol enables free access to Plug&Charge for electric vehicles

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

According to Hubject, the Open Plug&Charge Protocol (OPCP) is the first independent protocol for standardising the Plug&Charge EV ecosystem. It increases compatibility between all market participants and standardises shared usage options. This release enables software engineers and EV charging experts to focus on developing customer-centric, easy-to-use EV charging solutions to drive EV adoption.

This measure is particularly relevant as the fast-growing market for Plug&Charge results in a number of very different procedures from different manufacturers. Finally, unhindered access without lock-in effects will be an essential criterion for charging station operators and mobility service providers offering charging solutions. In addition, qualities such as the simple and secure authentication methods for different applications and the possibility for joint further development in cross-sector mode are convincing. Furthermore, the possibility for multi-contract handling is given. Multiroot handling is also implemented and compliant with ISO15118-20.

The release is based on Hubject’s Plug&Charge ecosystem, a software solution for networking companies offering services according to ISO 15118. Numerous electric vehicle manufacturers as well as charging station operators and mobility service providers have introduced services based on this solution to improve the customer experience when using charging stations to recharge electric vehicles.

“As part of our commitment to open source and open communities, we want to help all software developers and market participants to use our Open Plug&Charge Protocol as the basis for a great customer experience without risking technical lock-in,” said Hubject CEO Christian Hahn.

With the release of OPCP, the company is proactively acting as a global thinking service provider. More and more operators and providers are turning to OPCP as an efficient tool for pool uses such as Contract Certificate Pool (CCP) and Root Certificate Pool (RCP). In addition, Hubject has previously announced its Open Plug&Charge Testing System, which allows any company to test its own Plug&Charge implementation for free. In all of this, Hubject relies on the open source principle to increase the acceptance of Plug&Charge.

Hubject’s goal is to simplify the charging of electric vehicles. Through its eRoaming platform intercharge, the eMobility specialist connects Charge Point Operators (CPOs) and eMobility Service Providers (EMPs), enabling uniform, grid-independent access to the charging infrastructure. With over 400,000 connected charging points and more than 1,000 B2B partners in 52 countries and four continents, Hubject has created the world’s largest cross-provider charging network for electric vehicles by connecting CPO networks.

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