Switch is focused on the development of a digitally integrated EV charging system, which is a perfect match for ABB E-mobility’s goal of smart and connected EV charging solutions. The companies’ press releases stated that a more integrated approach to EV charger operation and management is needed to address the current challenges. To ensure an elevated charging experience for EV drivers, they state that an integrated digital solution extending across the entire value chain from the vehicle and the EV charger to the grid is the ideal solution.
Switch provides deeper insights into the entirety of the charging process. This includes the protocol-based “conversation” between EV and charger as well as the charger and the backend. In addition, grid integration for smart charging and V2G applications is also included. The result is that businesses are better equipped to control, maintain and optimize charging sessions while reducing customer issues.
The Chief Digital Officer at ABB E-mobility, Daniel Alarcon-Rubio, explained what it was that piqued his interest in Switch. Switch offers an embedded charger operating system (Josev) and a cloud-based CSMS that is built with an extensive adoption of ISO 15118-2/-20 and OCPP 2.0.1. This helps to facilitate interoperable solutions across the industry while preventing a lock-in effect. The result is less fragmentation across the EV charging ecosystem while also leveling the playing field for next-gen EV charging. According to Daniel, the integrated Switch system, when combined with ABB E-mobility’s smart and connected charging solutions, has the potential to fix and restructure the EV charging ecosystems.
Marc Mültin, CEO and founder of Switch, echoes this sentiment. He believes ABB E-mobility and Switch are dedicated to leveling the barriers currently fragmenting the EV charging space. Marc also stated that Switch would continue to innovate and operate as an independent entity while looking to expand its partnership with ABB E-mobility along the entire EV charging value chain. In addition, ABB’s minority investment will allow Switch to continue developing its open-source stack “Josev” and charger-agnostic management platform across customer segments and geographies.
For more information, visit the official Switch (https://www.switch-ev.com/) and ABB (https://global.abb/group/en) websites.