Berlin company Hubject facilitates simple sharing of mobility data and has developed software for NOW GmbH that makes charging easier and more user-friendly for e-car drivers.
The software, called CONDAX, converts charging station data like for example, availability status, into the DATEX II format. This enables a uniform and smooth connection of data from different charging point operators (CPOs) to the mobility data marketplace (MDM). The software will be available as an open source product, so that CPOs can easily provide relevant data independently to the MDM in the DATEX II format.
The MDM is run by the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and is a neutral platform for the secure exchange of traffic data. The MDM fulfils the function of a so-called National Access Point (NAP), through which the EU member states each provide data on the public and individual transport systems. This creates a reliable basis for electric, autonomous or fully networked driving in Germany. The uniform, comprehensive provision of static and dynamic data about charging infrastructure allows the development of new digital applications.
The departure point for providing data to the MDM and Hubject’s new software is the European co-financed project ‘ID and Data Collection for Sustainable fuels in Europe’ (IDACS). One of its objectives is to share static and dynamic data via charging infrastructure in the DATEX II format on the National Access Points. Location data, technical key figures, availability status or the price for ad-hoc charging can be offered by the e-roaming service providers through the NAPs. As the implementing organization in the IDACS project, NOW GmbH is tasked by the BMDV to achieve the project goals in Germany. The National Centre for Charging Infrastructure, under the umbrella of NOW GmbH, will develop the concept further for the purposes of e-car users in anticipation of new EU regulation.
Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, Managing Director (Chair) of NOW GmbH: “The newly-developed software is an important element for digitally linked charging station networks and customer-friendly and efficient electric mobility throughout Europe. Information on available charging options will become even easier and more reliable to find for the constantly increasing number of e-car users.”
Carsten Puhl, CTO at Hubject: “A lot of charging station data is already available in aggregated form through Hubject’s e-roaming functions. Because our data sets are highly comprehensive, these will quickly and efficiently integrate all CPOs. A direct data transfer at each of the currently more than 1,000 CPOs in Germany would not have been expedient. Because we provide the software as an open-source solution, connecting more CPOs is no problem.”
Hubject simplifies the charging of electric vehicles. Through its eRoaming platform, called intercharge, the eMobility specialist connects Charging Point Operators or CPOs and eMobility Service Providers or EMPs, thus providing standardised access to charging infrastructure regardless of any network. Hubject has established the world’s largest cross-provider charging network for electric vehicles by connecting CPO networks encompassing over 400,000 connected charging points and more than 1,000 B2B partners across 52 countries and four continents. In addition, Hubject is a trusted consulting partner in the eMobility market, advising automotive manufacturers, charging providers, and other EV-related businesses looking to launch eMobility services or implement Plug&Charge using ISO15118. In essence, Hubject promotes eMobility and its advancement worldwide. Founded in 2012, Hubject is a joint venture of BMW Group, Bosch, EnBW, Enel X,E.ON, Mercedes-Benz, Siemens and the Volkswagen Group. Hubject’s headquarters is located in Berlin, with additional organisations in Los Angeles and Shanghai.
About NOW GmbH
A climate-neutral society is the goal. Innovative technologies and concepts are the way forward. NOW GmbH works on this across programs and technologies on behalf of the German federal government. It evaluates, advises and manages. It promotes and translates its knowledge at the interface of politics, industry and research. Its technical tasks comprise the areas of hydrogen, fuel cells, batteries, regenerative fuels and liquified natural gas –both for propulsion and fuel as well as for infrastructure. In December 2019, the National Centre for Charging Infrastructure was founded under the umbrella of NOW GmbH. It coordinates and manages the activities for the expansion of charging infrastructure in Germany.