Switch achieves dual OCPP 2.0.1 certification for future-proof EV charging infrastructure

Ben Kegler
Ben Kegler
July 24, 2023
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Switch achieves dual OCPP 2.0.1 certification for future-proof EV charging infrastructure

Switch achieves dual OCPP 2.0.1 certification for future-proof EV charging infrastructure

Empowering businesses with cutting-edge technology

At Switch, we are proud to announce that our system has received dual certification, awarded by the Open Charge Alliance (OCA), for supporting the latest communication protocol in the EV charging industry. It ensures that our customers can seamlessly integrate multiple use cases into their charging infrastructure without compromising functionality when scaling their network.

Switch is leading the way. We’re one of 11 companies worldwide to receive the prestigious OCPP 2.0.1 certification. This distinction places us at the forefront of EV charging solutions, making Switch stand out as the sole provider supporting Plug & Charge – a cutting-edge and convenient functionality.

Our versatile software system empowers businesses to effortlessly navigate a wide range of charging scenarios. With Switch, enterprises can integrate and utilise the full potential of their charging infrastructure, maximising efficiency, reducing costs, and generating additional revenue throughout the value chain. Switch removes all limitations and constraints, allowing businesses to confidently embrace the future of EV charging. Our system paves the way for a sustainable and scalable charging infrastructure that meets the growing needs of electric vehicles.

The power of OCPP

The Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) is a free, open standard that facilitates interoperability between EV component vendors and network operators. It serves as a common "language" used in the EVSE industry, allowing different types of chargers and management systems to communicate seamlessly.

As the electric vehicle industry evolves, OCPP is constantly improving, thanks to the efforts of industry experts. New standards and best practices are continually being developed to enhance functionality, such as predictive maintenance and advanced diagnostics for EV charging infrastructure. OCPP's versatility also extends beyond EV charging, enabling its use in many applications like energy storage systems and transformers.

Standardised communication protocols are crucial for seamless interactions between charging stations and electric vehicles. At Switch, we understand the importance of continually testing our software. That's why we actively participate in Plugfest events and CharIN Testivals, where developers and manufacturers test their OCPP and ISO 15118 implementations for interoperability.

The benefits of OCPP 2.0.1

OCPP 2.0.1 brings improved communication, interoperability, flexibility, and control to charge point operators seeking to scale and manage their EV charging infrastructure. It ensures a smooth transition by supporting advanced capabilities and fail-safe systems, while also avoiding any lock-in effect caused by third parties.

Fully compliant with OCPP 2.0.1 standards

Switch has built its system around the latest standards, ensuring compatibility with the crucial functionalities of ISO 15118. This comprehensive approach supports the latest version of OCPP 2.0.1, enabling seamless integration and scaling across any component in your network.

The power of dual certification

Quality and compliance is a priority at Switch. That's why our core product offerings, Josev (charger operating system) and the Switch platform (cloud-based management system), underwent extensive testing by independent laboratory DEKRA. After meeting all requirements, both components received dual certification from the OCA, the Switch system allows businesses to scale Switch-powered EV charging infrastructure with the greatest confidence and ease.

A future-proof and fail-safe EV charging infrastructure

The integration of Josev and the Switch platform forms a powerful synergy, allowing businesses to efficiently upgrade, manage, and operate a future-proof EV charging infrastructure. This unified solution enables grid integration for smart charging and V2G applications, reducing customer failures and providing real-time visibility into charging sessions.

Unlocking the power of bi-directional power transfer

By incorporating Nuvve's GIVeTM platform, the Switch platform enables both uni-directional (V1G) and bi-directional (V2B, V2H, and V2G) charging capabilities. It opens up new avenues for businesses to reduce costs, generate additional revenue, and support energy self-sufficiency by using vehicles as power banks on wheels.

A sustainable and scalable future

As the electric vehicle industry continues to evolve, supporting the needs of EV drivers and the industry at large is crucial for success. At Switch, we encourage all EV charging network operators to adopt OCPP 2.0.1 and utilise an EV charging management platform certified by the OCA. Together, we can build a sustainable and scalable future for EV charging. The path to a future-proof EV charging infrastructure lies within using a compliant 2.0.1 system like the Switch platform.

Why OCPP 2.0.1 certification matters

The Open Charge Alliance (OCA) is a global consortium dedicated to promoting open standards in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. By adopting the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) the OCA aims to create a seamless and interoperable charging ecosystem. As a tech-savvy pioneer who is committed to excellence, Switch has undergone rigorous testing to achieve OCPP 2.0.1 certification to ensure interoperability among a wide range of chargers. Seamless charging is key to the future of EV charging.

Switch's OCPP 2.0.1 certification serves as a seal of approval, offering peace of mind for vendors and buyers of EV charging infrastructure. It assures them that Switch's technology meets the highest industry standards, enabling them to invest with unwavering confidence. The certification makes Switch an attractive choice for businesses looking to adopt OCPP 2.0.1 compliant systems as they may become eligible for subsidies like the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program in the United States. In the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) it states that by February 28, 2024, all charger software must conform to ISO 15118–2 and be capable of Plug & Charge.

This amplifies the attractiveness and cost-effectiveness of Switch's solution. By embracing Switch and its forward-looking, green technology, enterprises can make intelligent and forward-looking investment decisions.

Benefits of certified use cases

OCPP 2.0.1-certified use cases provide significant benefits, including interoperability and increased control and monitoring capabilities. With certified use cases, charging stations and networks can communicate effectively, eliminating compatibility concerns for Charge Point Operators (CPOs) using a variety of vendors. EV charging network operators can choose from a variety of hardware and backend providers without being locked in with a third party.

In addition, certified use cases offer increased control and monitoring capabilities ensuring real-time data and in-depth reporting for charging station owners. This access to intelligent energy management allows for proactive usage monitoring, preventing overloading and reducing downtime. For EV drivers, these benefits translate to more reliable and efficient charging experiences, improved charging station availability, and transparent pricing.

Bridging the gap for the future of EV charging

With an expected 120 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2030, it is crucial to establish a reliable and standardised charging infrastructure. OCPP 2.0.1 plays a vital role in unifying communication across the charging ecosystem, paving the way for scalability, accessibility, and innovation. By working with fully compliant OCPP 2.0.1 vendors, businesses can unlock the entire spectrum of capabilities offered by the ISO 15118-2/-20 connection between cars and chargers.

The combination of OCPP 2.0.1 and ISO 15118-2/-20 enables scalable and secure zero-touch charging through Plug & Charge, while also introducing next-generation features such as Uptime Diagnostics and bi-directional power flow. By embracing these technologies, businesses can fast-track their return on investment by creating additional revenue streams from digital and distributed energy services. Choosing a fully certified and vertically integrated solution like the Switch system enables businesses to elevate their charging game to new heights.

Supporting NEVI formula program eligibility

To qualify for funding from the NEVI Formula Program, businesses must use OCPP 2.0.1-certified charging infrastructure. The program offers incentives and subsidies to cover the costs of installing and operating charging stations. The adoption of OCPP and ISO 15118 protocols ensures an interoperable and efficient EV charging system, preventing fragmentation and maximising overall infrastructure efficiency.

By supporting open protocols and embracing OCPP 2.0.1, the NEVI Formula Program aims to create a fail-safe and convenient charging experience. Businesses and investors have the freedom to choose from a wide range of hardware and backend vendors, avoiding wasted investments in infrastructure that may quickly become outdated.

Today, chargers must support the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) 1.6J or later and support Plug & Charge. However, the deadline that all chargers have to be 2.0.1 compliant to qualify for public funding is February 28, 2024. By using a compliant 2.0.1 system like Switch, businesses enhance their eligibility for NEVI funding and future-proof their charging infrastructure, providing a smart business decision that propels them towards a scalable future powered by electric vehicles.

The era of bi-directional power flow

California has once again taken the lead in driving change. From 2030 onwards, every new vehicle in the state will feature bi-directional power flow capabilities. This game-changing feature allows vehicles to become mobile energy storage units, capable of sending energy to and receiving energy from the grid. This opens up exciting opportunities for the EV charging industry, enabling charging networks to provide energy to the grid during high-demand periods and charging vehicles during off-peak hours when electricity rates are lower. 

By embracing this cutting-edge technology, charging network operators can participate in on-demand response programs, maximising revenue and optimising operations. California's decision to mandate bi-directional power flow is just the beginning of a revolutionary era in EV charging. Switch is thrilled to be at the forefront of this energy transformation.

In summary

At Switch, we are passionate about revolutionising the EV charging experience and empowering businesses with deep technology. Our fully OCPP 2.0.1 certified system optimises operations, reduces energy costs, and unlocks new revenue streams. As a leader in the industry, we are committed to excellence, transparency, and trustworthiness, working towards creating a greener future for all.

Don't miss out on the chance to transform your business with our future-proof solution. To learn more about how the Switch system can empower your business with forward-looking and scalable technology, click the button below.

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Ben Kegler
Ben is an experienced expansion specialist who has worked with companies like Cosmic Cat Group, High Mobility, Hubject, and Heimat. At Switch, he devises business strategies and response tactics to shake up the market.
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