Driving the Future of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Last week, a non-profit and member-based organization advancing electric vehicle (EV) and charging networks interoperability has initiated a key step in global coordination of EV technology adoption and future-proofing the EV charging stations.

The Open Charge Alliance has partnered with the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) to bring global EV stakeholders at the table, and to develop non-intellectual property based international standards to assure interoperable and secure exchange of EV and EV charging station data. This idea is described in figure below.

This initiative will open global markets and enable EV networks to be accessible by any EV driver, third-party network, and technology service provider.

The OASIS OCPP Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Equipment Data Exchange Technical Committee (TC) has over 40 participants from different sectors of the EV eco-system, and the represented countries are (sorted alphabetically): Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, and the United States (U.S).

This TC will evaluate the global needs for EV and EV charging station data exchange functions and develop technical specifications to ensure that their owners, utilities, grid operators, and other innovative technology providers have much needed visibility into the EV charging requirements.

When public funds are used to provide an initial installed base of EV charging infrastructure, this TC activity enables axiomatic benefits such as: non-proprietary access, lower integration and grid connectivity costs, technology opportunities for new players, and importantly, provide customers a choice on who would they like to associate their network with.

With more than 20,000 installations and participants in 16 different countries, OCPP is already the de-facto open standard for EV charger to network communications in Europe and parts of the U.S., and is gaining global momentum. This TC initiative is intended to scale and accelerate this momentum in OCPP adoption.

In the coming months, the TC will work with the participants and public to develop formal specifications for adoption by any region or a country that has ambitious goals to deploy EVs to improve energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while providing an interoperable and grid-integrated EV charging station network.

For more information on OASIS OCPP Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Equipment Data Exchange TC, and to join or provide comments, please visit: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=ocpp

Author Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are author's own qualitative opinions.

Author: Rish Ghatikar, Working Group Chair at India Smart Grid Forum(ISGF), Chief Research Officer at Greenlots; Advancing clean energy and clean transportation

Source : https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/driving-future-electric-vehicle-charging-rish-ghatikar

Smart Grid Bulletin February 2019

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