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What is OCPP Protocol?

Published on
October 19, 2022
What is OCPP Protocol?

The Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) is an open-source communication standard for EV charging stations and network software companies. Not all EV chargers and management software's support OCPP, but EV charge point systems that do, enjoy a wide range of benefits.

Established in 2009 by the Open Charge Alliance, OCPP is designed to be an easy to implement, open-source protocol that ensures all participants, EV vehicle, driver and charging point are speaking the same language. The vision of OCPP is to make any EV charger work with any charger management software, even if the charger manufacturer and software developer have never met.

Why is OCCP important?

OCPP, in a broader sense, will allow the electricity grid to manage the inevitable surge in EV charge point installations that will likely take place in the coming years. OCPP will allow the power grid to manage how people charge to sense there is always enough electricity to go around.

Because certain EV charging stations only function with their own brand of software, implementing OCPP is an immensely valuable notion. Having a non-OCPP EV charger means you may have to pay them networking costs to keep your stations up and running. When you pick an OCPP-compliant charging solution, you have the freedom to switch networks at any time and manage your EV charge point via any compatible software.

OCPP is crucial for commercial EV installations

Open standards are critical for moving the renewable energy sector ahead and making electric vehicle chargers more economical, accessible, and adaptable. This is why OCPP is most beneficial to businesses, governments, and utilities who plan to deploy significant numbers of EV chargers. Open standards expand the number of EV chargers and software services available, while simultaneously minimising the danger of stranded assets and promoting innovation.

In addition, if you are looking to manage multiple EV chargers, ensuring they are OCPP compliant is quite simply a must. You will be able to manage all of your chargers, track usage, set tariffs and more via innovative software that will give you easy-access and management solutions at a touch.

OCPP-compliant charging solutions are the most competitive in the industry, because they realise that you have the power to choose. With OCPP, you have the choice of service providers whose primary goal is to bring to market the most feature-rich, user-friendly, and cost-effective solutions.

To sum it up, OCPP is open-source meaning that anyone can use and contribute to the protocol. OCPP does not favour any EV chargers or software over others and is free to use. There is also confidence in knowing that OCPP is constantly being updated and improved and so as a result, it has become the global benchmark for interoperability throughout the EV charging industry.

Are you looking for an OCPP-compliant EV charge point installation? Contact Manta Power now to find out more and book your free consultation.

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