The European CharIN organisation has recognised the German standards inspection company Dekra as a testing laboratory for charging infrastructure. Dekra is now one of the first two laboratories that can perform conformance tests for the Combined Charging System (CCS) and issue CharIN CCS certificates.
To be recognised as a test laboratory, Dekra said it had to demonstrate expertise in test performance and results analysis according to the CharIN Quality Assurance Process (QAP). A committee of experts from CharIN member companies confirmed that Dekra had the required technical capabilities, test equipment and quality control procedures.
With the recognition from CharIN, manufacturers of DC charging stations can apply for and receive a CharIN CCS Basic certificate from Dekra. However, the necessary tests do not take place in Germany: The corresponding Dekra test laboratory with the necessary measuring instruments is located in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
Dekra conducts end-to-end tests of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, including secure communication between the electric vehicle, the charging station and the “back office” with all service providers involved. The test portfolio includes interoperability, compliance, electrical safety, wireless, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and cybersecurity.
In addition to CCS testing, Dekra says that their lab supports “all major electric vehicle supply equipment standards,” including the Japanese CHAdeMO charging standard, OCPP (Open Charge Point Protocol) and ISO 15118 for Plug& Charge.
The CharIN initiative is a registered association with now more than 200 members. Its top priority is the dissemination of the Combined Charging System (CCS) as a global standard for e-vehicles of all kinds, but the association also deals with more specific topics, such as vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications, the development of a truck charging standard, and Plug&Charge, as mentioned above.
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