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Hardware integration testing

 

Below is a schedule of integration testing services currently offered by ChargeLab. Core Compatibility Testing is required for every model of EVCS prior to commercial deployment with ChargeLab’s CSMS. Power Management Testing is required prior to deploying an EVCS model with ChargeLab’s cloud-based power management capability (chrg.li/power-management). All fees quoted below exclude sales taxes.


Testing Service

Standard

Expedited

Notes

Core compatibility testing

Verify the implementation of OCPP and the market readiness of the EVCS paired with ChargeLab’s OCPP server. This test includes:

  • EVCS configuration, OTA firmware updates, diagnostics, connectivity, and local charger settings (e.g. auto-start)

  • Offline behaviors, including offline authentication and transaction caching

  • Core operational commands for starting/stopping charging sessions, EVCS states, and communications throughout a charging session

  • Additional test cases

$3,000 / model

CA $3,900

$5,000 / model

CA $6,500

Core Compatibility Testing includes up to two 2 full test sessions with a ChargeLab Integration Engineer. If the first test session is not fully successful, ChargeLab will provide the Partner or EVCS Manufacturer with feedback on what will be required for a successful result on the second test. Additional testing and debugging beyond the first two (2) sessions will be billed hourly.

Power management testing

Verify the EVCS’ support for cloud-based power management through OCPP. This test includes:

  • EVCS dispenses amperage as communicated via OCPP charging profiles throughout charging sessions (set, increase, decrease)

  • Charging profiles are maintained while offline, during firmware upgrades and during power loss

  • Charging profiles can be reset

  • Additional test cases

$2,400 / model

CA $3,120

$4,000 / model

CA $5,200

Power Management Testing will happen concurrently with Core Compatibility Testing during up to two (2) test sessions with a ChargeLab Integration Engineer. Additional testing and debugging beyond the first two (2) sessions will be billed hourly.

CTEP testing

Verify the EVCS’ implementation of CTEP requirements according to Open Charge Alliance OCA guidelines (see chrg.li/OCA-CTEP). We will also work with your team throughout the CTEP certification process with CDFA. This test includes:

  • Metering accuracy and compatibility with ChargeLab’s digital receipt process in accordance with CTEP requirements

  • Display of pricing information per CTEP requirements, syncing of pricing profiles with ChargeLab’s CSMS

  • Assistance in corresponding with CDFA through the achievement of CTEP certification

$3,000 / model

CA $3,900

$4,800 / model

CA $6,240

CTEP Testing will happen concurrently with Core Compatibility Testing. Additional testing and debugging will be billed hourly. CTEP testing also includes business support corresponding with CDFA to achieve CTEP certification, which will stretch beyond the test sessions. CDFA fees for CTEP certification are not included.

Additional testing hours

Testing, debugging, and correspondence hours between a ChargeLab Integration Engineer and Partner or EVCS Manufacturer following two failed test sessions, should the Partner or EVCS Manufacturer wish to proceed with integration testing.

$300 / hour

CA $390

$500 / hour

CA $650

Hourly fees are inclusive of bench time and vehicle time at ChargeLab’s test lab, where applicable.

Testing timelines

Standard services

If Standard testing services are selected, integration testing will be scheduled by ChargeLab’s hardware integration team relative to other integration requests and priorities. Most testing requests can be completed within one (1) month, but there is no guarantee for Standard test requests.

Once testing has started, each round of testing typically take 2 – 3 business days to complete. The time between the first round test, second round test, and any subsequent testing will depend on the responsiveness of EVCS Manufacturer and the availability of ChargeLab’s hardware integration team.

Expedited services

If Expedited testing services are selected, integration testing will be started within the later of:

  • Ten (10) business days after the receipt of payment for Integration Fees; or
  • Ten (10) business days after the EVCS Sample arrives at ChargeLab’s test lab (in the case of on-site testing)

Once started, each round of expedited testing typically takes 2 – 3 business days to complete. Business days exclude weekends and public holidays in the United States and Canada.

If a second round test is required, it will be completed within ten (10) business days of ChargeLab’s receipt of updated firmware or instructions from EVCS Manufacturer. If the EVCS is not approved after two rounds of testing, ChargeLab will make commercially reasonable efforts to prioritize subsequent hourly testing for Expedited services. The time to final approval will depend on EVCS Manufacturer cooperation.

Reporting

Following integration testing services Standard and Expedited), ChargeLab will provide:

In the event of successful tests, formal approval for Core Compatibility, Power Management, and/or CTEP
  • A report containing observations, risks, and opportunities
  • In the event of unsuccessful tests, recommendations, next steps, estimated costs, and a tentative timeline to complete further testing

Testing process

ChargeLab’s integration testing process is as follows:

  1. Fully complete the Hardware integration order form.
  2. Submit full payment for Integration Fees.
    1. US payment instructions: chrg.li/payment-US
    2. Canadian payment instructions: chrg.li/payment-CA
  3. Mail a sample unit of each EVCS model you are integrating to ChargeLab’s test lab address (below). Partner or EVCS Manufacturer will be responsible for all shipping, handling, and customs costs to deliver the sample unit. Alternatively, you can request a remote integration where testing will be completed with an EVCS located at Partner or EVCS Manufacturer's location.

    ChargeLab Test Lab 122 Judge Road Etobicoke, ON M8Z 5B7 Canada
  4. Provide digital files for at least two (2) firmware versions for each EVCS model you are integrating. This should include the firmware version you are seeking approval for, as well as at least one other version to test over-the-air firmware updating capabilities.
  5. ChargeLab will schedule and complete the first round of requested integration testing services. This includes full testing of connectivity, configuration, OCPP commands, and plug-in tests where applicable.
    1. If successful, ChargeLab will issue Partner and/or EVCS Manufacturer detailed test results and proof of EVCS approval. The EVCS model will be listed on ChargeLab’s approved hardware list and may be deployed commercially with ChargeLab’s CSMS.
    2. If unsuccessful, ChargeLab will issue Partner and/or EVCS Manufacturer detailed test results and suggestions for improvements to make in order to receive a full approval on the second round of integration testing services.
  6. If the first round of integration testing is unsuccessful, ChargeLab will wait for revised firmware or usage instructions from EVCS Manufacturer. Once the revised firmware or instructions have been received, ChargeLab will schedule and complete the second round of integration testing services.
    1. If successful, ChargeLab will issue Partner and/or EVCS Manufacturer detailed test results and proof of EVCS approval. The EVCS model will be listed on ChargeLab’s approved hardware list and may be deployed commercially with ChargeLab’s CSMS.
    2. If unsuccessful, the Parties may choose to proceed with continued testing at the applicable Additional Testing Hours rate. Depending on the state of the EVCS being tested, ChargeLab may require an additional Statement of Work to be signed prior to beginning ongoing testing. Any one of the Parties may unilaterally choose to cease ongoing testing after two failed rounds of testing.

Testing type

Testing will either be completed at a ChargeLab’s Test Lab location with a EVCS Sample unit provided by Partner or EVCS Manufacturer or remotely with an EVCS unit at Partner or EVCS Manufacturer’s facility.

The benefit of an on-site integration test is that ChargeLab’s Integration Engineers can complete most of the test asynchronously from Partner or EVCS Manufacturer, plus leverage ChargeLab’s test bench and vehicles. The benefit of a remote integration is that Partner or EVCS Manufacturer are not required to send a sample unit of each EVCS to ChargeLab. On-site testing is recommended for all Level 2 EVCS.

Integration Fees are the same for on-site and remote testing. Please select the testing type for this order form.