The debut edition of VOLTS (Vehicle Interoperability Testing Symposium) recently took place in Long Beach, California. This interoperability testing event, funded by the California Energy Commission and organized by the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN), brought together 38 e-mobility companies to test their equipment.
Some 34 e-mobility experts spoke on a range of interoperability and reliability topics, including Plug and Charge, V2X, cybersecurity, and other features enabled by the ISO 15118 communication standard. They also discussed public charging challenges such as workforce development, electric utility interconnection, and success metrics for public charging investments.
There were demonstrations of robotic charging, V2X, Plug and Charge and automated vehicles. Testers had the opportunity to address equipment issues and test different ISO 15118 implementations. Results of this testing will be made publicly available “in the coming months.”
“Customer comfort and reliability are required to ensure the growth of EV adoption,” said Michael Keller, Executive Board CharIN Global. “To test ISO 15118 and Plug and Charge at this scale is a major milestone for CharIN and the e-mobility industry.”
“VOLTS represents the largest North American testing event to date,” said Oleg Logvinov, Chair of CharIN North America and CEO of IoTecha (see our interview in the Sept/Oct 2021 issue of Charged). “It leverages CharIN’s expertise developed through almost a decade of regular Testival events around the globe. The goal of interoperability testing is to improve the charging experience for every EV driver.”
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