For anyone in the EV business, ISO 15118 is super exciting. Read that blog and understand why. Table of contentsWhat Is ISO 15118ISO 15118 FeaturesISO 15118 ChallengesConclusion Having an ISO certification nowadays is a big thing. You prove you're compliant with the standard and doing great. In simple words, everybody will like you better, especially your clients. Let's explore why ISO 15118 is gaining traction daily in the world of electric vehicles! What Is ISO 15118 ISO 15118 is one of the most known EV charging protocols out there. It actually guides how electric vehicles charge up. The standard was developed in 2010 by International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), enhancing the overall EV charging experience by ensuring interoperability, smart charging, and improved security. It defines communication between electric vehicles and charging stations, improving interaction across different makes, brands, and charging types (AC or DC). In fact, the standard is widely adopted globally, especially in Europe, States, Central\/South America, South Korea, India, and Australia. Also, many big EV manufacturers like Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, and Mercedes have incorporated ISO 15118 in their electric vehicle models, showing how important this protocol is. Plug & Charge Plug & Charge is ISO 15118 top functionality, released in 2014. With the Plug & Charge feature, charging and paying at public charging stations has become even more straightforward. The concept of Plug & Charge is simple: just plug in your car and start charging. That way Plug and Charge makes charging easy for everyone. Technically speaking, Plug & Charge as part of ISO 15118, enables electric vehicles to automatically identify and authorize themselves to compatible charging equipment without manual input. ISO 15118 Features ISO 15118 handles all aspects of connecting and protecting the charging system's hardware software and communication of charging systems. Key Features: Smart EV Charging: Balances energy demand between EVs and grid capacity, reducing grid strain during peak times. Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G): Enables two-way energy flow, using vehicle batteries to support the grid and vice versa, optimizing for off-peak periods. Seamless Experience: Allows drivers to charge simply by connecting their vehicle. Authentication: Automatically identifies and authorizes the vehicle for charging. Security: Encrypts communications between the vehicle and charging infrastructure for safety. ISO 15118 Challenges While ISO 15118 brings numerous benefits, there are some challenges too. For example, upgrading chargers and networks to adopt the standard fully often requires significant hardware changes. Another challenge could be vehicle compatibility. In fact, many electric cars are still not compatible with the protocol. But don't worry, challenges like that often lead to innovative solutions. Conclusion In today's world, following standards is not just beneficial, it's essential. ISO 15118 makes the future of charging cars smart, easy, and reliable for everyone. It offers a seamless charging experience for EV drivers, operational efficiency, optimized energy management, and enhanced security. Additionally, it assists every player in the EV charging ecosystem in fully leveraging the standard's powerful features. We constantly test how well our EV charging software and hardware work with different vehicles. This makes sure we're compliant with the ISO 15118 standard, which allows vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communication.