OCPI - Open Charge Point Interface November 2016 NewsletterInformation about:- Status of OCPI implem...
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OCPI Update - November 2016
News, Bug Fixes, New Functionalities and Management of OCPI


OCPI - Open Charge Point Interface

November 2016 Newsletter
Information about:

- Status of OCPI implementations, November 2016
- The OCPI experience of Go Electric Stations
- Requiring governments to use open standards
- Bug fixes for OCPI version 2.1
- New OCPI functionalities
- Test and implementation tool
- OCPI management
- OCPI Community


Why this Update?

OCPI is the key to transparency and openness in the field of charging electric vehicles. In this fifth update, we share information about the associated challenges and solutions. We explain what OCPI can mean for companies, and most importantly what it can do for the EV driver. Video

Feel free to forward this update to others!

Status of OCPI implementations, November 2016

OCPI has now been implemented by a large number of parties. In the Netherlands, all CPOs and MSPs have begun to implement OCPI version 2.1. The goal is to ensure that all Dutch parties are reachable via OCPI by April 1, 2017.

Starting in 2017, the roaming network E-Clearing.net will complete its implementation. From then on, they can be used to link to the standard interface. Freshmile and Gireve from France are getting themselves started, and there is now interest in the UK as well: Next Green Car is planning to implement OCPI. Currently, a connection can already be made via OCPI with parties such as Plug Surfing, Hubject, EV Box and Go Electric (IT). The phases and speed of the various implementations differ per organization.

OCPI version 2.1 can be downloaded here


The OCPI experience

We decided to choose OCPI as it is based on common protocols, creating one unique protocol."

"Choosing OCPI means only having one interface rather than many individual protocols, and at a one-off cost, breaking the barrier that currently separates companies from roaming and making interoperability possible

Francesco Barrile, CEO, Go Electric Stations

The Dutch Parliament wants to require government organizations
to use open standards

The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament has approved a motion to investigate making the use of open standards by government organizations and semi-government organizations obligatory.
The OCPI team is happy with this development. Once this motion becomes law, it will no longer be possible for municipalities to use their own protocols and interfaces upon purchasing charging infrastructure.

The use of open standards ensures that the various networks get connected with one another more quickly. The EV driver profits because he or she can charge faster and in more places. In the Netherlands, the use of open standards is very normal. In most public tenders, it is already a requirement. It is essential for the rollout of electric transportation that other countries follow our lead.


Bug Fixes for OCPI version 2.1

OCPI is in constant development, and OCPI version 2.1 is now requiring a few small improvements. This is primarily about issues such as field lengths, etc. To make these fixes, a bug fix will follow shortly in the form of OCPI version 2.1.1. This new version is compatible with the current OCPI version 2.1. A list of bugs is already available through our communication/ technical platform partners Slack and Github.

Slack: https://ocpi.slack.com/
Github: https://github.com/ocpi/

New OCPI functionalities

Now that OCPI is being implemented by all kinds of parties, there is a need for additional functionalities. We have taken stock of the specific requests and will include them in OCPI version 2.2. Our goal is to get going with development in early 2017 and deliver these functionalities halfway through the year. If you would like to contribute to putting these functionalities into practice, let us know at ocpi@nklnederland.nl

OCPI's new functionalities to be delivered in version 2.2

1. Charge profiles to support smart charging.
2. Better connection to roaming hubs and other partners: Hubject, e-Clearing.net,
Gireve and location owners.
3. Reservation support.
4.  User's preferred language setting.
5.Price information from eMSP to CPO - in this way, the charge point owner also knows
the rates of the service providers on their stations and can better inform the users.
6.Revoke CDRs – when the sent CDRs are incorrect, this can be indicated and
a new CDR can be sent.
7.Pool functionality – to support pools of stations, e.g. usable for reservation of one of
many stations.
8.Support for virtual operators and service providers who do not have their own network.
9.Use case diagrams.

Test and implementation tool

Extra functionality for
data collection

In addition to the new functionalities, there is also a need to develop a test and implementation tool. With this tool, users can investigate if their own implementation has been carried out successfully. The source code of the tool can also be reused to implement OCPI with even more ease. Colleges and universities that do extensive research on charging behavior have asked for extra functionalities within OCPI for the collection of data (anonymous and otherwise) on the use of charging infrastructure. This could be an interesting optional functionality within OCPI. The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences wants to collaborate on this and is looking for parties both at home and abroad to help and provide input.

OCPI management 

Currently, OCPI is managed by the Netherlands Knowledge Platform for Charging Infrastructure (NKL). For the long term, we aim to set up a formal management organization that will support daily maintenance issues:
1. User support; 2. Support implementations through affiliated parties; 3. Collect and implement improvements; 4. Communication about OCPI to newly interested parties.

If there are ideas or existing concepts in the market that can help in designing a maintenance organization , we would love to hear from you. Contact Roland Ferwerda at ocpi@nklnederland.nl 


Join the OCPI community

OCPI now boasts a large community. All affiliated parties communicate via Slack, which is the communication tool for OCPI. Then there are issues such as bugs, new functionalities and support with implementations. Not affiliated yet? Request an account or more information?

Contact OCPI Team
Roland Ferwerda (OCPI management) or Michel Bayings (OCPI operation) at ocpi@nklnederland.nl

What do you need? Share your ideas! Contact

Many companies already implement OCPI, support it and participate actively in its development:
EV Box, Next Charge/Go Electric, The New Motion, EVNetNL, Freshmile, Greenflux, Plugsurfing, BeCharged, Last Mile solutions, Hubject, e-Clearing.net, eViolin, BMW, Gireve, Allego, Open Charge Map, Blue Corner, Oplaadpalen.nl, Next Green Car, Eneco, Nuon, Blue Current, iHomer, Movenience, Travelcard, Multi Tank Card, eMobility Consulting, and many others. The Netherlands Knowledge Platform for Charging Infrastructure (NKL) facilitates and coordinates this project to guarantee progress and ensure development and results.

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