Charging network operator Ionity has opened a test centre in Germany that it says it the world’s first e-mobility test site with full end-to-end testing of hardware, software and playment systems, including testing on functional technologies such as Plug and Charge.
The Charge Point Operator (CPO) commissions chargers from manufacturers such as ABB for its network, working with its joint venture electric vehicle partners including BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz AG and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche who all have different requirements.
“Every company interprets interface standards slightly differently in the process. In our test centre, we can closely examine all steps in the charging process – from authentication and power transfer to the end of charging – and get feedback on any incompatibilities or issues,” said Laurence Langenbrink, Lead Testing Services at Ionity. “Thanks to our mobile testing equipment – a truck with a controllable electrical load that can charge at a maximum of 350 kW and simulate corresponding vehicles – real-time charging simulations and validation tests can also be carried out on-site at our customers’ premises,” he said.
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The 5000 sq m test centre outside Munich carries out validation and interoperability tests between electric vehicles and charging stations as well as regression and software tests. This makes it possible to perform tests on almost all HPC charging stations available on the European market in one location.
All tests are closely monitored and logged, and the charging processes are recorded in detail by the test equipment. Currently, Ionity is developing use cases and flowcharts for tests on various hardware models. The goal is to offer EV drivers the highest possible reliability at all Ionity locations, regardless of the vehicle manufacturer, and to use new technology only after it has successfully passed their own tests.
The company is building and operating a High-Power Charging (HPC) network along European highways with state-of-the-art technology and a charging capacity of up to 350 kW using the European charging standard CCS (Combined Charging System). Each charging station has an average of four charging points.
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