Hubject collaborates on charging with Exicom in India

Hubject, the German electric vehicle Interoperability specialist, has entered into a strategic partnership with Exicom, India’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicle chargers. The partnership aims to use Hubject’s innovative interoperability technology to improve the charging experience electric vehicle drivers in India.

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Exicom aims to use Hubject’s interoperability technology to improve the charging experience for EV drivers in India. Although the majority of vehicles on Indian roads are two and three-wheelers, these are more easily charged with conventional power sockets. The rapid adoption of electric cars and larger vehicles in India has been slowed down by a lack of charging options.

Hubject’s ‘intercharge’ platform should make it easier for electric vehicle drivers to find charge available charging points. Hubject’s automatic EV-to-charging station authentication technology eliminates the need for an app or RFID card. 

After the announcement of the two companies’ cooperation, Exicom Tele Systems shares soared 9.7 per cent on the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE).

Christian Hahn, Hubject CEO, said: “The EV market in India is seeing explosive growth. Last year sales nearly doubled and this year they are expected to rise by 66%.” He said that the strategic partnership with Exicom and the introduction of Hubject’s intercharge platform has the aim of supporting this growth by making the charging experience easier and more reliable for EV drivers.

For Indian consumers, the initial advantage of Exicom’s partnership with Hubject will initially be one of convenience. Anant Nahata, CEO of Exicom, explained, “The establishment of a central interoperability hub will further streamline payment settlements and reduce dependence on multiple wallets, ensuring a smoother experience for EV users nationwide.”

With the kind of interoperability afforded with Hubject technology, the need for multiple memberships and payments is eliminated, so that drivers can roam between different charging point providers (CPOs), “much like mobile phone users roam between networks, ensuring that EV charging is as straightforward as filling up a traditional car with fuel,” states the German company.

Soon, Hubject’s Plug&Charge technology will reveal different benefits as vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology becomes ubiquitous. Mr Hahn noted: “This partnership is good news for Hubject, Exicom and EV drivers in India, and it’s also a big step forward in our strategic aim of having Plug&Charge everywhere.” 

Hubject’s Plug&Charge solutions enable interoperability between any electric vehicle and local charging stations, this enables user ease with secure vehicle and station authentication. But Plug&Charge also supports V2G capabilities for grid balancing between vehicle batteries, stations and utilities. V2G capabilities for electric vehicles and grids are just now becoming a commercial reality, enabling electric vehicle batteries to stabilize the grid, as well as enabling drivers to charge when grid loads are cheapest. In Germany, The Mobility House just established a dedicated business unit for vehicle-to-grid applications.

Hubject based its solution on the ISO 15118-2 and ISO15118-20 standards, which require a unique V2G Root Public Key Infrastructure per world region. In March last year, Hubject introduced a new V2G Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) for the Asian market. This covers a huge region stretching from Turkey in the west to Japan in the east. Kazakhstan borders the area in the north and Indonesia in the south and includes the world’s most populous countries, China and India.

In the last couple of months, Hubject has announced a cooperation agreement with EV Connect in North America and Shahin in the United Arab Emirates.


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