E-Mobility and IoT Convenient loading and payment via Plug & Charge
The Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify America and Hubject, specialists in Plug & Charge technology, announce a strategic partnership to enable people to pay for their EV charging processes by simply plugging in the charging cable.
The Berlin company Hubject GmbH will provide Electrify America with its expertise in various areas related to the implementation of the international ISO standard 15118 on the North American market, the most common application of which is generally known as "Plug & Charge". With the introduction of ISO 15118 at all Electrify America DC Fast Charge and AC Home Charging Stations, this technology is also the first step towards enabling smart charging of electric vehicles and vehicle-to-vehicle network communication (V2G). It enables the vehicle to automatically authenticate and authorize a charging process via a secure digital connection, eliminating the need for RFID card, credit card or mobile app membership.
Plugging in the charging plug activates charging and payment process
Plug & charge capable vehicles and infrastructures enable the driver of an electric vehicle to start and charge the charging process by simply plugging the charging cable into the vehicle. Electrify America will be the first DC rapid charging network in the United States to offer this technology at its charging stations. Several car manufacturers are already beginning to integrate this feature into their vehicles.
"We look forward to helping Electrify America implement ISO-15118 technology and our Plug & Charge ecosystem services," said Paul Glenney, CEO of Hubject North America. "Our top priority is to create a premium experience for EV customers through our partners and as an industry leader in Plug & Charge technology, our collaboration is the ideal match. Charging an electric vehicle will now be even easier than operating a dispenser."
"Plug & Charge is a breakthrough technology for consumers that turns their vehicle into a virtual credit card when charging at our stations," said Giovanni Palazzo, President and CEO of Electrify America. "After simple registration, owners of ISO-15118 electric vehicles can easily connect it to an Electrify America charging station, automatically initiating a charging process with processing, authentication and billing via Plug&Charge.
Plug & Charge stations are upgraded with software
Electrify America's charging systems are designed for both future and current electric vehicle models, with a power range between 50 kW, the most commonly used fast charging power for electric vehicles today, and up to 150 and 350 kW at its highway stations. All these stations are Plug & Charge ready and will be upgraded with the appropriate software later this year. The company plans to install more than 500 DC fast charging stations in the USA by the end of 2019.
Electrify America is also working with Hubject to test the ISO-15118 capability of electric vehicles and charging equipment manufacturers (EVSEs) to evaluate their cars and equipment on Electrify America's network for a seamless plug-and-charge experience for drivers.
This article was first published in German by Industry of Things.