Network operator Electrify America and Berlin-based Hubject, the creator of a roaming platform for charging networks, have announced a significant step towards the upcoming launch of the Plug&Charge system, which will enable EV charging with no need for a membership card or smartphone app.
Using Plug&Charge, EV drivers will simply plug their vehicle into a charger, and the charging session will begin automatically. EA and Hubject performed live testing of the new system this month, and say that it will be fully operational in 2020, when Plug&Charge-compatible EVs are expected to be available to customers.
Hubject’s North American V2G Root and Certificate Authority, based on the company’s already established European system, is designed to enable encrypted communication for a seamless customer charging experience. The system incorporates ISO 15118, an international standard that outlines a secured communication protocol and enables simplified charging functionality for CCS fast charging.
“The Plug&Charge technology will streamline Electrify America’s charging experience,” said Cliff Fietzek, Director of Technology at Electrify America. “We work every day to offer current and future EV owners advanced technologies in charging to help make electric vehicle ownership a reality for both their local and long-distance mobility needs.”
“Using ISO 15118 as the basis of charging technology innovation also enables many more future-proof features such as smart charging and bi-directional charging,” said Carsten Puhl, CTO of Hubject. “These energy management features will be necessary as the number of EVs on the road will be growing faster than the ability to increase energy production in the coming years. Adding a North American based V2G Root for Plug&Charge helps us to securely service our clients on a global basis.”