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 charging stations.
“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 optimisation 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.
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.
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 harmonise energy management and the administration of charging processes in the e-mobility sector.
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 standardised 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.