OASIS Advances Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Data Standard, OCPP

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ABB, ActewAGL, Chargerlink, Chargestorm, Ensto Chago, Gridscape, Open Charge Alliance, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Southern California Edison, and others take the lead to establish equal-access, secure infrastructure for EV charging

Defining a truly open, interoperable standard for EV charging data is essential to growing the market for electric vehicles...OCPP represents a key step in future-proofing EV charging stations.

Utilities, electric vehicle (EV) charging station suppliers, integrators, and associations from around the world are coming together to establish an international interoperability standard for EV charging data. The work of the new OASIS OCPP EV Charging Equipment Data Exchange Technical Committee will open global markets by enabling any EV charge point to connect with any central system or third-party network service provider, regardless of vendor.

John Gartner, Research Director at Navigant, said, "Defining a truly open, interoperable standard for EV charging data is essential to growing the market for electric vehicles by enabling charging stations to be seamlessly integrated into grid operations. OCPP represents a key step in future-proofing EV charging stations."

OCPP was initiated by the Open Charge Alliance (OCA), which is contributing the specification to OASIS for further development in the international community. Lonneke Driessen of OCA and Rish Ghatikar of Greenlots co-chair the OASIS OCPP Technical Committee.

"OCPP is already the de-facto open standard for EV charger-to-network communications globally. OCPP 1.6 has been downloaded more than 7,000 times to 77 countries. It is the only open standard in the EV charging equipment management space that is in common use anywhere in the world," said Driessen. "Transitioning the work to OASIS will encourage even more companies to contribute to the standard, increasing industry confidence and adoption even further."

Ghatikar added, "OCPP adoption ensures non-proprietary access and lower integration and grid connectivity costs. The standard also promises to level the playing field, making it possible for smaller players to participate in this new technology marketplace and innovations. Most importantly, OCPP provides customers with the freedom to choose their charging network partners. There are similar precedents from the advanced demand response technology deployments."

"OCPP will make it easier and more cost-effective for municipalities and countries to improve their energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by deploying an interoperable, grid-integrated EV charging station network," said Laurent Liscia, CEO and Executive Director of OASIS. "We are excited to see OCPP progress at OASIS, and we encourage more utilities and EV companies to get involved in the decisions that will affect them."

The international community is well represented in the OASIS OCPP Technical Committee, with organizations in Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, and the U.S. currently participating. New members are welcome.

Support for OCPP

Chargerlink Strategy Director, Sibo Li, said, "OCPP is the most useful standard in the EV industry. It provides a thoughtful solution, and helps us to design platforms and business models for various major Chinese industrial players. In the last several years, while many manufacturers maintained a more traditional mindset, Chargerlink has dominantly educated the Chinese market with open standards and advanced mobile applications, advancing the EV industry. With the qualities of openness and internationalization, we believe OCPP can assist numerous new players to grow as fast as we did."

ChargeStorm AB CEO/Founder, Patrik Lindergren, said, "Chargestorm has been working with connected smart charging station for the last 7 years. Joining the Oasis organization will make it possible for us to contribute to the standardization work based on our long experience in the expanding EV market."

Ensto Chago CEO, Juha Stenberg, said, "It is a logical decision for Chago to participate in OCPP and relevant cloud back-end standardization. Standardization enables easier system integration and makes EV charging part of energy systems. We support the development and adoption of OCPP as it drives our goals: lower OPEX costs, sustainability and smart services."


OASIS is a non-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces worldwide standards for the SmartGrid, security, privacy, cloud computing, IoT, and other areas. OASIS open standards offer the potential to lower cost, stimulate innovation, grow global markets, and protect the right of free choice of technology. OASIS members broadly represent the marketplace of public and private sector technology leaders, users, and influencers. The consortium has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 65+ countries. http://www.oasis-open.org

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