German newcomer selects latest Plug&Charge software by Switch
A stranger to our international readers, Charge Construct, specialises in HPC hubs and is expanding its charging network in Germany. Among the notable deals is a framework agreement for installing fast-charging infrastructure at 200 locations of the German discounter Norma. The company says Switch was “the only OCPP 2.0.1 certified charging system that fully supports ISO 15118-2/-20”.
This is also due to the Switch founder Marc Mültin. He has been in the e-mobility space for over thirteen years, working on the very same international EV communication standards, which essentially enable Plug&Play and forward-looking features such as V2X. His latest venture graced our newsdesk, latest when ABB decided to take a stake in the “deep-tech startup” in April 2023.
Switch’s main product, the charger operating system Josev, connects to the cloud-based management platform, already integrating these latest standards. This was a prime selling point for ABB since these protocols prevent a lock-in effect and ultimately facilitate interoperable solutions across the industry, the Swiss company noted at the time.
Switch is also working on its open-source stack ‘Josev Community’ and charger agnostic management platform across customer segments and geographies.
Charge Construct will benefit from the same features as it integrates the management platform. The company expects the new software solution and diagnostics to increase the availability and reliability of charge points, reduce maintenance costs and offer price advantages for end users, among other things.
Adrian Zierer, CEO of Charge Construct, added, “All the fundamentals are in place, too. Switch is Eichrecht compliant and integrated into Hubject’s world-leading roaming platform.”
Switch also just launched the Switch Approved program for EV charger manufacturers wanting to test and confirm the functionality of OCPP 2.0.1 specific system components.