EVBox, the leading manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations and related software, commits to EEBUS, the “Global Language for Energy in the Internet of Things.”
EVBox recently joined the EEBUS Initiative e.V. and has started to integrate EEBUS in all upcoming products, including residential chargers and public and commercial EV charging stations.
The EEBUS Initiative e.V. is a non-profit organization with over 60 members who are the leading stakeholders in all fields of connected home, electrical mobility, energy and smart appliances. Members of EEBUS collaborate in various working groups to establish a standardized and common language for the interoperability of connected devices. Smart heating, electrical vehicles, photovoltaic systems, smart home systems, energy managers and other appliances can thus communicate seamlessly about energy management and usability.
With our commitment to EEBUS as the leading standard in energy management infrastructure, we will increase the interoperability of our products and create added values for our customers, such as overload protection and optimization of PV self-consumption. We will focus on EEBUS as the bridge from our charging infrastructure into smart homes and smart buildings, because it is the essential link for the integration of e-mobility into the grid, said Peter van Praet, COO at EVBox.
Added value of EEBUS
The open and publicly available EEBUS standard was developed for all energy consuming devices by the members of the EEBUS Initiative, which include industry alliances (VDA – German Association of the Automotive Industry, VDIK – Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, BDH – Federation of German Heating Industry etc.), and leading stakeholders in the connected home, electrical mobility, photovoltaic, and energy and smart appliances industries.
The mission of EEBUS is to enable devices to communicate on energy-related use-cases across sector-, technology-, and manufacturer- barriers. Through the energy management systems (EMS), the energy demand and storage flexibility of electric vehicles can be managed together with appliances and heating in the connected building—and matched with either power offerings or limitations from the grid.
In addition to the added value created for end users, grid operators also benefit from the fact that EEBUS avoids overtaxing the energy grid. Furthermore, EEBUS allows e-mobility to become an important grid supporting component, reducing the need for large-scale and expensive grid expansions.
EEBUS enables standardized energy management at the grid connection point and among energy relevant devices—such as electric cars—inside the building. With EVBox as a new member, we are pleased to have another leading company that contributes to the further development of the EEBUS specifications and another supporter of the harmonization with the OCPP standard from the perspective of the e-mobility industry, said Dr. Bernhard Thies, chairman of EEBUS Initiative e.V. and Vice-President of CENELEC.
EVBox supports the cooperation of EEBUS and OCA
EVBox is one of the founding members of the Open Charge Alliance (OCA), contributing to the development of the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCCP), the leading standard for connecting public charging points with respective management systems. Since February 2019, the EEBUS Initiative is cooperating with the OCA in order to further harmonize energy management and the administration of charging processes in the e-mobility sector.
EVBox mass market products with EEBUS powered by KEO
EVBox will work with Cologne-based software company KEO GmbH to implement the EEBUS communication into EVBox products. As the leading EEBUS integrator, KEO is an expert in all aspects of the EEBUS standard. KEO has contributed to the development of the standard since the beginning and build up a customer base in all relevant EEBUS stakeholder sectors. KEO offers a portfolio of standardized EEBUS connectivity stacks and solutions and accompanies customers from the initial demonstration to the finished mass market product with the EEBUS standard. Following this method of working, EVBox and KEO have already started on the implementation of the EEBUS standard, with products to be soon available on various markets.