Europe is ready to further roll out Plug & Charge

Mission accomplished! A great milestone was achieved last Friday, September 23rd, 2022: The CharIN PKI for production has been set up. CharIN e.V, Irdeto, and UL Solutions successfully accomplished the target of cooperation announced on July 12, 2022, to develop a Vehicle-to-Grid Public Key Infrastructure (V2G PKI) by end of September.
The ISO 15118-2 and 15118-20 Root CAs, Sub 1 CAs and Sub 2 CAs were created, and the outcome of the cooperation was officially presented in a special ceremony hosted by Irdeto in Amsterdam.

Irdeto is the world leader in digital platform cybersecurity, UL Solutions  is a global leader in applied safety science. In collaboration with CharIN e.V., they worked on the implementation of a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) to enable Plug & Charge and V2G applications. During the event, Irdeto explained the procedure and security requirements in detail.

Plug & Charge allows automated communication and billing processes between the electric vehicle and the charging station without any need of external identification (e.g. RFID cards, debit/credit cards or charging apps) while ensuring high IT security at the same time. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has defined the necessary interfaces in the ISO standard 15118.

The purpose of the PKI is to ensure secure authentication and authorization through certificate management and thus, serves as prerequisite for the Plug & Charge feature based on ISO 15118. CharIN will offer the PKI service as the highest trust certificate authority in collaboration with Irdeto and UL Solutions, as a neutral and open platform for all European companies supporting Plug & Charge and V2G applications.

The development was actively pushed and supported by 13 CharIN European cross-industry member companies that convened in a joint project called Plug & Charge Europe. “Congratulations to the team!” states Bonjad SATVAT, M. Sc., Project Lead of the group.

The ceremony was recorded. The recordings will be published on our website.

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Published on: 10/04/2022