How it works
A shared language for EV chargers & their software
The Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) is an open-source communication protocol for networked electric vehicle chargers. The vision of OCPP is to make any EV charger work with any charger management software, even if the charger manufacturer and software developer have never met and are building their products on the opposite side of the world.
Introducing the Open Charge Alliance
The Open Charge Alliance (OCA) is a global consortium of public and private EV infrastructure leaders that have come together to promote open standards. The OCA writes and publishes Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP).
While the OCA was formed in 2014, the history of OCPP goes all the way back to 2009. Below is a brief history of OCPP milestones.
|2009||First version of OCPP is developed & tested in private by ElaadNL|
|2010||OCPP 1.2 is published (first public version of the protocol)|
|2012||OCPP 1.5 is published|
|2014||The Open Charge Alliance is founded|
|2015||OCPP 1.6 is published; this remains the most popular version of the protocol for commercial deployments|
|2016||The OCPP 1.6 Test Tool is released, making it easier for EV charger manufacturers and software providers to build products that comply with OCPP 1.6|
|2017||ChargeLab joins the OCA|
|2018||OCPP 2.0 is published|
|2019||The official OCPP 1.6 Certification Program is launched|
|2020||OCPP 2.0.1 is published|
Early adopter & evangelist
Our software platform strictly adheres to OCPP protocols, and we have helped nearly a dozen EV charger manufacturers improve their OCPP compliance through our OCPP Bootcamp.
ChargeLab was one of the first 50 members of the OCA and the first private Canadian company to join the alliance back in 2017. The OCA is now nearly 200 members strong.
Below is an illustration of how ChargeLab uses the Open Charge Point Protocol to network EV chargers manufactured a variety of partners.
Open standards are key to pushing the clean energy industry forward and making EV chargers more affordable, accessible, and flexible.
Businesses, governments, and utilities who plan to deploy large numbers of EV chargers have the most to gain from OCPP. Open standards greatly increase choice when picking EV chargers and software services. They also reduce the risk of stranded assets and help drive innovation.
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