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Charging and Load Management Software 

With the growing number of electric vehicles (EV) and charging points, the available power for charging sessions must be coordinated in an intelligent way. Once a charging station has been connected to vCharM, each charge point can be conveniently configured, monitored and controlled.

Our scalable feature-based software can be tailored depending on your application, while staying completely independent from charging station manufacturers.

 

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Solutions

vCharM for Electric Vehicle Fleets

Manage the infrastructure for your EV fleets and ensure that your electric buses, pool cars or other vehicles are always up and running on time. 

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vCharM for Semi-Public Charging

Provide your customers, guests and employees with an accessible infrastructure and monitor it with ease. 

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vCharM for Charge Point Operators

Manage the charging infrastructure for multiple customers with one reliable system to ensure an up-to-date OCPP implementation and the high availability of your charging stations. 

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vCharM for Charging Station Manufacturers

Offer your customers a turnkey solution and enhance your charging infrastructure with an intelligent management system.

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Free Trial Version

Test vCharM for 15 Days!

Do you have several charging points and want to operate them at the same time? Then you need a charging and load management backend to efficiently supply all charging points and the connected electric vehicles.

Test our charging station management system vCharM and get access to the full functionality for 15 days! Experience our intuitive user interface. For example, configure and monitor multiple charging stations, compare the effects of different charging strategies or discover the numerous reporting options.

You can also use vCharM to test the compatibility of the OCPP interface of your charging station with our manufacturer-independent backend.

OCPP Interoperability Testing

Verify the Interoperability of your Charging Station with our Backend

Progress in electric mobility is our common interest. Yet it is slowed also due to interoperability issues in a highly fractured immature market. Vector wants to contribute to best customer experience by confirming the interoperability of your Charging Station and Vector’s Charging Station Management System.

This is why we invite you to participate in a bilateral remote test session for OCPP1.6J and/or OCPP2.0.1 and jointly publish the positive result!

Test Results

MENNEKES and Vector run successful test

Manufacturer independent interoperability is key to a rapid growth of the infrastructure. Therefore, we are happy to share, that the first interoperability tests have been successfully completed: The Charging Station Series Smart and Smart T as well as the eMobility Gateway from MENNEKES and the Vector backend vCharM are interoperable! 

The Starter Kit

Start Developing and Operating your Charging Stations with our Starter Kit

  • 2 vSECC units with 2 CCS interface each

  • 6-month test license for our Charging Station Management System vCharM
  • 20 hours support (hotline)
  • Coaching via webinars or individual sessions
  • Getting started documentation, manuals and necessary files
  • Optional: 6-week test license for CANoe
  • Optional: Linux notebook and power supply

vCharM for EV Fleets

The availability of the charging infrastructure is crucial for your business. With vCharM, you can ensure that your EV fleet vehicles, such as electric buses, pool cars, logistic and transport vehicles are always sufficiently and punctually charged to remain competitive.

Your Advantages

  • Save costs with dynamic load management optimized for EV fleets

  • Connect your fleet management system for automated data exchange

  • Control the vehicle preconditioning via Value-Added-Service according to VDV 261
  • Use any charging station compatible to OCPP 1.6J, OCPP 2.0 or OCPP 2.0.1
  • Extend your charging infrastructure step-by-step without vendor lock-in

vCharM for Semi-Public Charging

The demand for charging points for customers, guests and employees is constantly increasing. In order to offer them sufficient charging capacity and to save costs and avoid the expansion of the electrical infrastructure, a charging and load management system is necessary.

     

Your Advantages

  • Provide easy access to your charging infrastructure for customers, guests and employees
  • Save costs with intelligent load management and control the prioritization of charging sessions
  • Integrate your energy management system to optimize the charging process and avoid load peaks
  • Account for charging sessions (optionally)
  • Use any charging station compatible to OCPP 1.6J, OCPP 2.0 or OCPP 2.0.1
  • Extend your charging infrastructure step-by-step without vendor lock-in

vCharM for Charge Point Operators

The number of charging station models and OCPP implementations increases every month. A reliable OCPP implementation is a complex task, but not a competitive differentiation. Yet it requires a high amount of maintenance due to new OCPP versions and the release of IEC63110. 
With vCharM you obtain a reliable and always up-to-date OCPP stack, which enables you to easily manage various charging stations. 

     

Your Advantages

  • Manage the charging infrastructure of multiple tenants
  • Ensure a high availability for your customer's charging infrastructure
  • Manage the access to the charging infrastructure via RFID, Plug&Charge (PnC), Autocharge and other methods
  • Adapt the load management strategies to your customers' needs
  • White label the user frontend to your own corporate design
  • Account for charging sessions (optionally)
  • The OCPP compatibility of vCharM is tested with a large number of charging station manufacturers (OCPP 1.6J, OCPP 2.0 and OCPP 2.0.1)

vCharM for Charging Station Manufacturers

Offer your customers a complete solution that guarantees an optimized interoperability of all systems. Simply enhance your charging infrastructure solution with an intelligent management system. Enable your customers to integrate the charging infrastructure into their environment, which requires additional interfaces to other backend systems.

Your Advantages

  • Offer a turnkey charging solution for your customer
  • Provide access to monitor and control your charging infrastructure products
  • White label the user frontend to your own corporate design or integrate the OCPP stack into your own backend solution

User Frontend

Use vCharM from a browser-based frontend with a modern and intuitive user experience

A browser-based interface gives the user access to all functions. The views are adapted to the respective user role, like e.g. operator or administrator. The user can only access features, which are granted for the configured role. Moreover, the interface is available in different languages and as a white label version. An HTTPs connection secures the access.

Mobile App

The mobile vCharM App provides the most important features for charging station operators. Downtimes are reduced, since the charging infrastructure can still be monitored via the app when the CPO does not have access to the regular user frontend, e.g. during maintenance work.

Features

Load Management

Manage load consumption dynamically with configurable charging strategies

Load management is required at the latest when the total power of the charging stations exceeds the available installed power. However, costs can also be saved beforehand by avoiding peak loads at individual charging stations. The operator decides on the prioritization of the charging processes by selecting the charging strategy that suits best. An interface to an energy management system (EMS) is used to optimize the load management. Therefore, no fixed limits and additional reserves are necessary for charging sessions, but the charging power depends on the actual available power. 

Charging Station Control

Monitor, configure and control charging stations via OCPP 1.6J, OCPP 2.0 and OCPP 2.0.1

Charging points can be configured, monitored and controlled via the user interface. Guided dialogs support the operator in his various tasks. In case of problems with a charging session, the operator is notified and supported in failure diagnosis. Additional documentation of the charging infrastructure, e.g. schematics of the electrical setup, can be uploaded and stored in the user frontend. This is especially helpful for charge parks with charging stations from various brands. Communication with the charging station is via the manufacturer-independent OCPP protocol.

Vehicle Preconditioning

Monitor and control individual vehicle preconditioning via the implementation of Value-Added-Services

The control of the preconditioning of electric buses was standardized by the Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen (VDV) as a Value-Added-Service. vCharM supports the VDV 261 specification and offers various control interfaces.

Vehicle Authorization

Manage and verify vehicle authorization requests

Various methods are available for the authorization of charging sessions. vCharM supports established technologies such as RFID chips, Autocharge and Plug & Charge according to ISO 15118.

Reports

Generate and analyze reports with statistics of finished charging sessions

Reports with statistics on completed charging operations can be created for various purposes. Pre-defined reports can be customized and exported if desired.

Fleet Management

Automate data exchange with your fleet management system

Existing fleet and depot management systems can be integrated via an automated data interface (REST and VDV 463) and used for optimized load management or pre-conditioning control. The open and standardized interfaces ensure a high interoperability between charging station and depot management systems. Fleet and depot management systems can use vCharM data for their own purposes, e.g. the planned charging sessions for the fleet can be visualized. Further tools can also be integrated, such as a maintenance ticket system.

Clearing

Log transactional data of charging sessions in law-conform manner

Meter readings are centrally recorded and processed. The data is made available for billing transactions. The meter readings can be protected against manipulation by a digital signature in order to meet the requirements of the new calibration law.

Certificate Management

Management and validation of contract certificates and charging station certificates

Enable vehicle and charging station authentication and charging authorization by Plug & Charge according to ISO 15118. Securely exchange contract data for clearing and invoicing between the vehicle and the backend.

System Architecture

The vCharM architecture provides a REST interface for the integration into other management systems. The exchanged data can be used to optimize the charging sessions and the operational business and also for cost tracking and billing.

Hosting Variants

vCharM can be operated on a local hardware device and in the cloud. For cloud usage, the hardware device can establish an internet connection between the charging stations and the cloud. The device can be supplied by Vector; please contact us for more information.

Supported Standards

  • OCPP 1.6J, OCPP 2.0 and OCPP 2.0.1
  • VAS/VDV 261
  • VDV463 (planned)
  • ISO 15118
  • DIN 70121
  • IEC 61851
  • IEC 63110 (planned)

Load Management

Static load management
With static load management, a total power output is defined for all charging stations, which is distributed to all charging points. Unless a special prioritization is defined, every vehicle is provided with the same charging power, no matter when it arrives. So if more vehicles are added to the charging gradually, less power is available for each individual vehicle. 

 

Dynamic load management
With dynamic load management, the total charging capacity is adapted to the power consumption of the building. If less electricity is consumed there, more is available for charging the electric vehicles and vice versa.  

 

Schedule-based load management
Schedule-based load management integrates departure times, required power and other vehicle priorities into the distribution system, so that electric vehicles that have to leave the charging park earlier can be charged more quickly.  

 

Individual charging strategies
Would you like to design your load management individually and develop your own charging strategy? We offer pre-configured charging strategies, e.g. for charging bus depots and for employees charging at their workplace, or advise you on the development of your individual charging strategy. 

Smart Charging with ISO 15118

Example of an ISO 15118 message with a PMaxSchedule. The maximum power profile is calculated by vCharM for every charging session and transmitted to the charging station via OCPP. The charging station uses ISO 15118 to limit the power consumption according to the received profile.

The protocols ISO 15118 and OCPP 2.0 provide a comprehensive interface to control the power consumption of charging procedures for electric vehicles. vCharM uses these mechanisms to adhere to physical limits of the infrastructure as well as to guarantee the ideal scheduling of charging sessions.
A load management algorithm depends highly on the charging environment and the customer needs. vCharM offers different algorithms, each optimized for a specific use-case. This enables the usage of vCharM in different application areas, e.g. for bus depots, special vehicle fleets, company vehicles pools, car parks and other EV fleets. 

Downloads

vCharM Fact Sheet

Get an overview on the benefits and the technical specifications.

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