Open charging network
Enabling the electric vehicle charging community to offer a seamless, smart and green charging experience
Collaboration between players of the Electric Vehicle charging value chain, like Charge Point Operators (CPOs) and eMobility Service Providers (eMSPs), is highly important for the adoption of Electric Vehicles. However, digital connectivity to enable collaboration is either not provided yet or is dependent on centralized gatekeeper platforms. Thereby created single point-of-failures, lock-in effects and the lack of collaboration lead to high costs of charging, inefficient and insecure operational systems and hindered innovation potential. The resulting charging experience and processes are frustrating for every party involved.
Together with partners from all over the world the Share&Charge Foundation is developing a decentralized and open charging network for a seamless, smart and green charging experience: The Open Charging Network (OCN). It combines the advantages of roaming hubs and Peer2Peer standards, resulting in a resilient network, higher efficiency and extensive growth in innovation and collaboration.
Various EV charging industry players run OCN-Nodes to create a decentralized messaging system for authorization, communication and data sharing. Commercial applications are provided on top of it to create a seamless, smart and green charging experience for end-customers. The technology behind is using the newest EV charging protocol OCPI, distributed messaging, and distributed ledgers. Find out more on our Developer Resources page.
Get started with the open charging network
Charge Point Operators, eMobility Service Providers and any interested party are invited to test the Open Charging Network. Follow the instructions described on the right to get started with the public test environment.
The Open Charging Network will be ready for production in Q1 2020. Sign up on the right if you want to be informed about the launch.
OCN-Node Operators wanted! To create a decentralized network, we invite industry players to run an OCN-Node. Let us know on the right if you are interested in running a Node of the Open Charging Network.
featured products on top of the open charging network
Testing with Charge Point Operators ongoing
Proof-of-concept phase ongoing
Testing with eMobility Service Provider and Charge Point Operator ongoing
More products to be announced