In recent years, the market for electric vehicles (EV) and their charging infrastructure has grown dramatically. However, in the EU, the absence of widely adopted protocols and standards for the interoperability of and roaming for EV charging stations has severely hindered the development of cross-border travel. Present solutions have a national scope at best, while new products and services are often limited to specific regions or countries.
To remedy this situation, the evRoaming4EU project formed a partnership with parties from four EU countries: Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. Its main objective is to facilitate roaming services for charging electric vehicles as well as to provide transparent information about charging locations and prices of charging in Europe by making use of the open independent OCPI protocol. The ultimate goal is to allow any EV driver to charge at any charging station in the EU. This will have a positive impact on energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy and therefore on climate ambitions. The cost of access to the EV charging market will be reduced and competition will move towards services instead of protocols, thus providing a fertile ground for innovation and job creation. This project offers the EMEurope initiative an excellent opportunity to make the necessary step towards growth.
A key part of the project involves transnational pilots aimed at addressing and resolving functional, technical, legal and fiscal obstacles. These pilots will include both peer-2-peer and hub models. Furthermore, the project will further define the OCPI protocol, and develop a roadmap for further harmonization of protocols for EV roaming.