Making charging your vehicle as easy as charging your phone.
Plug & Charge allows automated communication and billing processes between the electric vehicle and the charging station without any need 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.
Pre-conditions for the permission to use the Plug & Charge logo and/or symbol which must at least be fulfilled and proven in advance:
- Self-certification in accordance with at least ISO15118-2 or ISO15118-20 and the following
- Verification of interoperability at least at one CharIN Testival
- Recommendation for certification of the respective product according to "CharIN Conformity Certification”
- Participation in CharIN Academy ISO 15118 Training
So far, the widespread implementation of Plug & Charge has been hindered by missing consensus and unity among the industry as well as the pending standardization of key elements. This is now to change with the establishment of a dedicated project team within the CharIN community.
The goal of the project “Plug & Charge Europe” is to set up a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), a technology needed to enable secure authentication and authorization via Plug & Charge in accordance to ISO 15118, with CharIN as operator and provider of required services.
CharIN, as neutral and international authority, shall ensure fairness as well as openness and guarantees a level playing field for operating the PKI across all stakeholders. Thus, “Plug & Charge Europe” shall successfully overcome previous hurdles in the implementation.
The team currently consists of 15 active members, namely BMW AG, bp, ElaadNL, EDF, EnBW, Groupe Renault, IBIL, Ingeteam, innogy eMobility Solutions, Porsche AG, Shell Global Solutions Deutschland GmbH, Stellantis, Total, Tritium and Volkswagen AG, and additional supporters.
With the aim of a Europe-wide rollout, further international automotive companies, charge point operators, technology and mobility service providers are expected to join or support the project.
CharIN, as neutral and international authority, shall ensure fairness as well as openness and guarantees a level playing field for operating the PKI across all stakeholders.