Electric Mobility Europe Call Light Proposal Approved28 April 2017
Throughout the European Union and beyond, electric vehicles are more and more in the spotlight. Currently, legislation has been created to ensure transparency at charge points across the continent. The use of open protocols is increasingly required to achieve a single European playing field. This is why the Netherlands Knowledge Platform for Charging Infrastructure (NKL) has submitted a subsidy application together with various European organizations for “eRoaming in Europe” through the Electric Mobility Europe – EME Call in Brussels. The submitted “light proposal” has been approved.
Subsidy for eRoaming in Europe through OCPI
Together with partners from Germany, Denmark and Austria, a so-called light proposal was submitted. In this proposal, it was demonstrated how EV drivers can use their own charging cards with help from OCPI to charge in various European countries. More about OCPI
Light proposal is approved
At the end of April 2017, we were informed that the light proposal was approved. This is the first step toward the rollout of eRoaming with use of OCPI as an open protocol in a European context. It helps Dutch parties who can benefit from a European EV market on the basis of open standards. Ultimately, it will be of particular interest to the EV driver, who will be able to charge everywhere with his own charging card. The NKL is now working on completing the full proposal, which must be submitted by June 9 2017.
Why use the Netherlands Knowledge Platform for Charging Infrastructure (NKL)?
For NKL, it is a logical step to complete this proposal. The intended goals of the EME Call correspond to those of the national project OCPI, of which NKL is the project leader. It focuses on adding new functionalities and establishing a support and management organization. There is considerable value to be found in EV Europe speaking a single language. This ensures that cost barriers do not stand in the way of European business expansion.
Harmonization of protocols
In the proposal, it is recognized that there are currently numerous protocols in use. For this reason, the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is involved. In an academic study, they are researching how a form of harmonization can occur. This contributes to a future in which the entire EV market uses a single protocol – something that the telecom (4G) and internet (TCP/IP) sectors have already been doing for some time.
Partners in the Electric Mobility Europe subsidy application “eRoaming in the EU”
Stromnetz Hamburg (Germany), e-clearing.net (Germany), Eon (Denmark), Municipality of Copenhagen (Denmark), ENIO (Austria), MRAe (The Netherlands), TU/e (The Netherlands) and eViolin (The Netherlands)