Open Charge Alliance – an expanded mission


San Diego, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 1, 2013 – The Open Charge Alliance, a global consortium of public and private electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure leaders with more than 10,000 installations worldwide, is expanding its mission as it looks to the next wave of EV adoption.

Founded in 2010 as the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) Forum, the Alliance is further developing OCPP and related interoperability standards and will build on the broad industry consensus behind OCPP to promote and enable open, flexible EV charging networks.

“For the past several years we have promoted the benefits of OCPP in order to make EV networks accessible,” said Onoph Caron, founding member of the Open Charge Alliance and director of E-laad. “In that short amount of time, OCPP has become the accepted protocol in 50 countries. The enduring nature of OCPP – an open protocol with no cost or licensing barriers to adoption – has given it a strong foothold and deep relevance in Europe and other markets.”

The biggest challenge facing the adoption of EVs today is no longer related to range anxiety, but rather stems from access limitations to the public charging stations on highways, streets and in communities. Many of these early stations are accessible only via proprietary, subscription-based networks, generating deep frustration for both EV drivers, who expect the same accessibility that they enjoy at the gasoline pump, as well as charge station owners, who as a result of proprietary protocols are locked into a network system that prevents them from making changes as their needs evolve or price points get too high.

But there is an alternative. With open standards, such as have been adopted in many European countries, site owners can mix and match open standards-based charging stations and choose a network provider that meets their business requirements and provides the best charging experience for their EV driver customers.

The Alliance intends to release the next version of OCPP in the coming weeks. OCPP v2.0 features a more efficient, modern transport, while new messages support pricing, smart charging, and charging station health and maintenance, including device event notification and statistical reports. In parallel a process for OCPP v2.0 compliancy and interoperability is also being developed.