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What is OCPP?

OCPP is the shared language spoken between open EV chargers and charging station management systems (CSMS). Not all EV chargers and management softwares support OCPP, but systems that do enjoy a wide range of benefits.

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Who's involved

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.

Open Charge Alliance
Date Milestone
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
ChargeLab's involvement

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.

ABB EV chargers + ChargeLab CSMS
Delta EV chargers + ChargeLab CSMS
EVBox EV chargers + ChargeLab CSMS
Lite-On EV chargers + ChargeLab CSMS
Phihong EV chargers + ChargeLab CSMS
OCPP EV chargers + ChargeLab CSMS
Mix & match

Put OCPP in your RFP

For specific language and best practices for adding OCPP-compliance to your upcoming request for proposals, contact our team.

Use ChargeLab as your OCPP software provider

We provide end-to-end solutions that are fully OCPP compliant. Contact us today to find out more.

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EV chargers connected to a software dashboard.