Plug&Charge finally to be implemented?
Major players in the business have agreed to implement Plug&Charge as standardized by ISO before the second half of this year. Companies like BMW AG, Groupe Renault, Stellantis, Tritium, Volkswagen AG, Shell, BP, and Total are involved.
The joint project ‘Plug and Charge Europe’ is to set up a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), a technology needed to enable secure authentication and authorization via Plug and Charge per ISO 15118.
CharIN will serve as operator and provider of required services and says it guarantees a level playing field for operating the PKI across all stakeholders.
When announcing the new task force, the CCS initiative said the project team had become necessary because the widespread implementation of Plug and Charge had otherwise been hindered.
The organization claims “missing consensus and unity among the industry as well as the pending standardization of key elements” as the main reasons for the delay.
Plug&Charge allows automated communication and billing processes between the electric vehicle and the charging station without RFID cards or charging apps.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) had defined the necessary interfaces in the ISO standard 15118 for some time, but only some manufacturers have so far enabled the functionality.
The ‘Plug&Charge Europe’ project may change that. The team currently consists of 15 active members, namely BMW AG, bp, ElaadNL, EDF, EnBW, Groupe Renault, IBIL, Ingeteam, innogy eMobility Solutions, Porsche AG, Shell Global Solutions Deutschland GmbH, Stellantis, Total, Tritium, and Volkswagen AG.
Others to join in
CharIN expects further international automotive companies to join in aiming for a Europe-wide rollout, including charge point operators, technology, and mobility service providers being invited as partners. Especially, players like Worldline will be interested.
Technology consultancy specialist P3 automotive GmbH manages the project. It stresses that the partners are committed to implementing the neutral PKI for Plug&Charge by the second half of this year.
Charging expert Bartenschlager sees an “exponentially increasing interest from all stakeholders.” “We are therefore firmly convinced that Plug&Charge will successfully establish itself in the next one to two years,” he added. “Incidentally, we see this development not only in Europe but also in the US and China.”