Electric Vehicle Charging

OCPP or Modbus?

I still get excited about birthdays.  Mine was the other day.  I like the silly bits the most – funny hats and off-key singing.   So last week when a friend asked, “What’s your favorite dessert?”  I knew that she wanted a single answer so that she could make a sweet treat for my big day, …

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Modbus Supports the Rapidly Changing World of EVSE

When something is still an industry standard 43 years after its introduction, that’s a pretty strong statement about its quality, utility, and effectiveness. Meet Modbus, the little engine that could and can and still does.  Modbus is a communication protocol, and while it was introduced 43 years ago, it’s still the standard in the world …

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What is OCPP?

The world of EV charging has always been ripe for innovation and new, creative ideas.  New types of chargers with expanded capabilities seem to be appearing every other day.  It’s a big wide charger world out there waiting with open arms to embrace all chargers. But with innovation comes problems.  In an EV charging world …

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When Open Means Closed

OCPP is a communication standard for connecting electric vehicle chargers to a charge management system.  The “O” in the acronym actually stands for “Open,” but that message hasn’t gotten through to a number of charger manufacturers who have closed these open standards.  I’m not being repetitive; the title is a request to all charger manufacturers …

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Niagara EV Charging Flexibility

The one universal truth of EV fleet charging, learned over 12 years of working with EV fleets, is that every fleet and charging facility is different.  Differences in vehicles, chargers, environmental conditions, utility tariffs, and vehicle usage all contribute to these unique needs, not to mention the physical differences in each EV charging depot location.  …

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From Russia with . . .

From Russia with . . . It appears that a key impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will be soaring energy costs.  For many corporations, fuel price increases will put extreme pressure on profits.  For consumers, the spike in gas prices will squeeze their wallets.  Everyone from the boardroom to the shop floor will feel …

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Does Smart Charging Require Telematics?

Telematic Systems Telematics is the technology of sending, receiving, and storing information using telecommunication devices with the objective of controlling remote objects.  In English for all the non-engineers out there: a vehicle telematic system combines a cellular device installed in your vehicle that tracks location and operating information with back-end systems that analyze that data …

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