As you may know, V2G Clarity’s mission is to help bring convenient, secure, and user-friendly electric vehicle charging (EV) to a global audience. Much of our work is aimed at lowering the barrier to understanding and implementing technologies like ISO 15118 and the Open Charge Point Protocol so our customers can create a seamless charging experience for EV drivers. You likely already know about RISE V2G, the open-source implementation of ISO 15118, which I published under the MIT license on GitHub in 2015. Since then, it has evolved as a highly respected and well-tested framework for both EV and charging station manufacturers.
I would love for V2G Clarity to continue the great success of RISE V2G. So I have two requests in this article, for your thoughts on:
As technology evolves, so does ISO 15118. New use cases like bidirectional power flow to facilitate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications are being introduced with the new version of ISO 15118 (called ISO 15118-20). This new standard is currently under development and will be released in the second half of 2021. My journey as an active member of the ISO 15118 standardisation body began with its inception back in 2010 and I continue to devote a significant amount of time to help shape this new standard. The goal is that companies from a variety of industries (e.g. automotive, charging infrastructure industry, and utilities) and nations can agree upon a common solution, which also lowers implementation costs and raises adoption rates across the globe.
ISO 15118 is part of the Combined Charging System (CCS), which is now the dominant global standard for charging all kinds of battery-powered electric vehicles. In fact, Nissan decided to adopt CCS exclusively in all its EVs destined for the European and North American market. This means that CHAdeMO, the only charging communication standard to date that has enabled V2G field trials, is likely to have a future in Japan only.
Before Christmas last year, I let my community know that I plan to extend RISE V2G by including an open-source implementation of ISO 15118-20 (RISE V2G 2.0). My aim is to help the growing global market of EV and charging station manufacturers to abstract the underlying complexity, and lower their development costs, with this free resource.
My vision for RISE V2G 2.0 is not only an implementation of ISO 15118-20, but a fully-fledged framework for ISO 15118. It’s important to focus on the biggest possible effect on accelerating the e-mobility industry’s transition to secure and future-proof technology. To do this we need a turn-key solution that caters to all relevant parts and communication layers, including ISO 15118-2, -3, -8, and -20 (see this knowledge base article for more info on each part).
This is a massive project, which is why I’m working on a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Here is my current idea for a product offering: a flexible operating system (OS) / SDK for charging stations, including:
I’m also considering a few add-on bundle options, such as:
What do you think? Do these options match your most wanted features? As crowdfunding campaigns are mostly B2C and not B2B, I wonder how you see the chances of success? Also, what would be your concerns, doubts or questions regarding our crowdfunding product? I’ve prepared a quick 5-min survey (grab your coffee), which helps me tailor the crowdfunding campaign to your specific needs.
Simply use the embedded form below (or click here) to give me and my talented team of engineers and designers your feedback on this idea. Your input is invaluable and much appreciated!
Aside from answering the questions above, you can also help us out by sharing your experience with RISE V2G. We’d love to hear your stories and show potential backers of our campaign that RISE V2G is already having a powerful impact.
For example, how did RISE V2G speed up your test setup or product development of an ISO 15118-compliant charging station or EV? Could you give us two to three sentences, along with a picture of you, name of your company, and your position within the company?
We'd love to hear your stories and showcase them as short case studies. The top three most engaging testimonials will appear on our crowdfunding page, which will earn those companies a huge discount when we launch on Indiegogo. Deadline is October 2, 2020. Just send us an email.
Thank you so much for your help with all of this and I’m looking forward to your feedback. Oh, and please share this article with your peers.
Sara stands for Station Analytics and Remote Administration
The Open Charge Alliance is the official body that specifies OCPP 2.0.1 and defines a set of certification profiles. Each profile tests a certain set of functionalities. Depending on the functionality of your charger or CSMS, you might want to certify for either a subset or all of these profiles.
Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment (CI/CD)
Scotti stands for Simple Compliance Testing Tool for Interoperability.
Efficient XML Interchange (EXI) is a very compact representation of XML. All ISO 15118 messages are defined in XML. EXI improves serialisation and parsing speed on embedded devices (like an EV and a charging station controller) and allows more efficient use of memory and battery life, compared to standard (textual) XML.
The Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) is a lightweight, publish-subscribe network protocol that transports messages between devices.
A Charging Station Management System (CSMS) helps you monitor, maintain, and control your charger network.
Automated Connection Device (ACD), a conductive charging concept that doesn't require a person to plug in the charging cable. A first implementation is ACD-P, where 'P' stands for 'pantograph' charging of buses.
Power line communication, a communication technology that enables sending data over existing power cables.
Signal Level Attenuation Characterisation (SLAC) is based on power line communication (specifically HomePlug Green PHY) and is a protocol to establish the data link between the EV and the charging station via the charging cable.
Charge Point Operator, the entity monitoring and managing an EV charger network.