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 case, while staying completely independent from charging station manufacturers.
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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.
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 OCPP2.0.1and jointly publish the positive result!
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.
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.
Provide easy access to your charging infrastructure for customers, guests and employees
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.
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
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.
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
Use vCharM from a browser-based frontend with a modern and intuitive user experience
A browser-based interface allows 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. A HTTPs connection secures the access.
The browser-based frontend provides easy access to all information and control elements required for the operation of charging stations.
The availability of each charging point can be controlled in vCharM. This dialog can be used to schedule a downtime of certain charging points, e.g. for maintenance purposes.
The frontend offers dialogs for the configuration of the whole charging infrastructure. Editing a charging station or creating a new charging station can be done in less than a minute.
Charging station firmware updates can be scheduled and started in vCharM. Since this process is supplier independent, vCharM can be used to manage a large number of different charging station models.
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.
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.
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.
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. Plug&Charge according ISO 15118.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OCPP 1.6J, OCPP 2.0 and OCPP 2.0.1
IEC 63110 (planned)
Static load management With static load management, a total power output is defined for all charging stations, which is distributed evenly to all charging points. Each vehicle is provided with the same charging power regardless of when it arrives.
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.
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.