High dynamics and short innovation cycles characterize the eMobility market. The continuous and collaborative development of cross-linked organizations within the ecosystem of eMobility is essential in such an agile market environment. To meet market demands, Hubject and all its intercharge partners are continuously developing the Open Intercharge Protocol, OICP, releasing the newest version 2.3.
The OICP – an open source and therefore easy to implement - created in 2012 to make an easy-to-use and reliable interoperability solution, has a business and IT connection to over 250,000 charging points, and more than 750 companies in 43 countries over four continents by one API connection. This is stimulating positively all companies using it, by reducing resources needed as well as increasing reliability and security by using one of the most mature eRoaming protocols. These changes support the Hubject mission to make EV charging easy and seamless for drivers in an open and transparent approach with all market participants jointly.
The feedback and experience of all the contributors were incorporated to develop new functionalities, focusing on four main targets:
- Improving the POI quality in an upscaling market,
- Realizing calibration law compatibility,
- Offering more transparency on the different charging use cases,
- Improving data process performance.
Carsten Puhl, CTO of Hubject is saying: “With this process, we and the whole industry have taken an important step jointly for an open, widely supported protocol, being the most used eRoaming protocol in Europe and other markets. Based on the open source status, we encourage other companies and stakeholders to contribute to the development, which is even easier now, that the protocol has been published via GitHub.”
In addition to these specific changes, Hubject also implemented another valuable feature specifically for all CPO partners, offering a set of so-called remote testing functionalities, to consider testing complex use cases.
Due to the value of the new version, Hubject will deprecate the version of OICP2.1 on July 1st, 2021.
Every partner can start implementing it since October 1st, 2020. For more information, please visit github.com/hubject/oicp.
Hubject simplifies the charging of electric vehicles. Through its eRoaming platform, called intercharge, the eMobility specialist connects Charge Point Operators or CPOs and eMobility Service Providers or EMPs, thus providing standardized access to charging infrastructure regardless of any network. With over 250,000 connected charging points and more than 750 B2B partners across 43 countries and four continents, Hubject has established the world’s largest cross-provider charging network for electric vehicles by connecting CPO networks. In addition, Hubject is a trusted consulting partner in the eMobility market, advising automotive manufacturers, charging providers, and other EV-related businesses looking to launch eMobility services or implement Plug&Charge using ISO 15118. In essence, Hubject promotes eMobility and its advancement worldwide. Founded in 2012, Hubject is a joint venture of the BMW Group, Bosch, EnBW, Enel X, Mercedes-Benz, innogy, Siemens and the Volkswagen Group. Hubject’s headquarters is located in Berlin, with subsidiaries in Los Angeles and Shanghai.
HUBJECT — Heading for the future.
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