In order to facilitate the best-possible driving and charging experience for all current and future EV drivers, it is important that all parties in the EMobility market are working toward the complete transparency of information across borders. Charging infrastructure should be accessible to every EV driver, no matter the country, the station, or the driver’s preferred charging card. This situation is closer to becoming reality thanks to the OCPI (Open Charge Point Interface) protocol.
Paving the way for open standards across charging infrastructure
With OCPI, it becomes much easier to share information about charging station locations and prices, providing EV drivers with clear and accessible information wherever they are. The ultimate goal is to allow every EV driver to charge at any station, regardless of the type of charging card or choice of eMSP (eMobility Service Provider) subscription.
The EVRoaming Foundation is in favor of reducing complexity
The objective of the EVRoaming Foundation is to facilitate roaming services for charging electric vehicles and provide transparent information to consumers about charging locations and prices, using the open and independent Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) protocol. The ultimate goal is to allow any EV driver to charge at any charging station: simplify, standardize, and harmonize.
The EVRoaming Foundation will facilitate the OCPI community that contributes to the new developments and is interested in the success of open roaming on a large scale. This community will include CPOs (Charge Point Operators), MSPs (Mobility Service Providers), and businesses from a variety of fields. The aim is to reduce the complexity of implementing OCPI on a functional and business level.
The first members of the board along with EVBox include Last Mile Solutions, E.ON, NKL, and Freshmile.
“I am proud that EVBox is able to help the EVRoaming Foundation take such an important step toward improving the charging experience for EV drivers around the world. OCPI can facilitate the provision of transparent information so that consumers have the information about the location of available charging points and pricing at their fingertips. In the end, it is all about creating convenience for EV drivers. Charging your car should be as easy as charging your phone, and we’re working hard to remove all of the obstacles that stand in the way of a hassle-free charging experience.”Kristof Vereenooghe (CEO of EVBox Group)
“I am happy to see that we already have strong members on board, and I’m looking forward to expanding this community-driven foundation in the future. The fast growth of the market requires to us connect new players quickly, easily, and with transparency. I am confident that with the work of the EVRoaming Foundation we will be able to facilitate these processes in a rapidly growing market.”.”— Arnaud Mora (CEO of Freshmile)
“Over the last two years, we’ve been working on a project funded by Electric Mobility Europe that focuses on protocol development, management organization, and cross-border roaming demonstration. I’m proud to see what we’ve already accomplished and I’m eager to work together with the EVRoaming Foundation to establish user-centricity as a key part of the maturing EV market.” Roland Ferwerda (Managing Director of NKL Nederland)
“To speed up the transition toward zero-emission mobility and smart city concepts, we need to think beyond borders to standardize and develop from an end-user perspective. I am positive that the work and efforts of the EVRoaming Foundation will make driving and charging EV’s on an international level a much more seamless and transparent experience.”Eric van Voorden (CEO of Last Mile Solutions)