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The importance of flexibility in developing a long-lasting EV charging network

Electric transportation is positioned to change the way we think about driving and parking for generations. That’s why it’s critical that the infrastructure we install today is flexible, scalable, and future-proof. To achieve this, interoperability must be a centerpiece of the EV charging solutions we implement today.

  • 22 September 2021
  • EVBox

As the world moves to electric transportation, it is critical that we design an electric vehicle (EV) charging landscape that can adapt to the evolving needs of the EV driving community. The infrastructure we put in place today must be able to grow and flex so that it will stay current for years to come.

This is the driving force behind the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP)—the standard for interoperability within the EV charging industry. It ensures that all OCPP-compliant EV charging hardware and software can harmonize together. This interoperability gives customers the freedom to choose the setup that best suits their needs. Plus, it allows them to change their configuration at any time—no worries about vendor lock-in or stranded assets.

Not all EV charging setups are OCPP-compliant. With these non-compliant systems, owners must continue using the same hardware-software combination throughout the lifespan of their equipment. If software fees increase, or if the charging station capabilities no longer meet their requirements, the only path forward is to entirely replace the EV charging setup.

Beyond that, OCPP promotes competition in the marketplace. By giving the customer the ability to choose and change their configuration at any time, OCPP-compliant companies must constantly strive toward innovation and peak customer satisfaction, all while maintaining competitive pricing.

At EVBox, all of our charging solutions are fully OCPP-compliant and configured to work with the top EV software networks in North America and beyond. We believe that open standards such as OCPP are important to the development of a robust, long-lasting, easily-scalable EV charging infrastructure and the growth of EV driving as a whole. 

To learn more about the importance of OCPP compliance, you can read the full EVBox article here: