Hubject has announced the launch of the Open Plug&Charge Testing System, which allows market participants to access a neutral testing environment to discover more features of Plug&Charge without any commercial obligation.
How exactly Plug&Charge works and what significance the certificates have in the system, we have already worked out in this article. In short: With the certificates stored in the vehicle and charging station and the connection to the "Hubject Root Pool", charging processes can be started and billed automatically.
Interested market participants can now experience and try out exactly these authorization processes with the new tool. "This includes the creation of contract certificates, ISO 15118 contract data, access to the Hubject Root Pool, requesting contract installations and issuing EVSE Leaf certificates," explains Steffen Rhinow, Head of Plug&Charge. "It allows CPO and MO to implement Plug&Charge independently of Hubject's existing Plug&Charge-based implementation."
In addition to the elimination of manual authorization via app or RFID-based charging card, Hubject cites Plug&Charge's higher level of data protection. RFID signatures can be intercepted relatively easily - this means that a copy could be created, so to speak, which the charging station would not be able to distinguish from the original when starting a charging process. This is not supposed to be possible with direct and encrypted communication between the vehicle and the charging infrastructure.