California lab working to improve EV infrastructure interoperability

California lab working to improve EV infrastructure interoperability

The Vehicle-Grid Innovation Laboratory (ViGIL) from DEKRA is now open and offering testing and certification services for future mobility. The company says the Concord, Calif., facility offers functional, conformance, and interoperability testing for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and charging infrastructure.

Created in partnership with the California Energy Commission, ViGIL seeks to improve the interoperability of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. It also seeks to increase capacity and throughput of EVSE standards testing and expand testing for electric vehicle charging equipment. Meeting these challenges are critical, as California transitions to 100% electric vehicle sales by 2035, and to ensure a seamless charging experience for consumers.

“Interoperability is key to ensuring that electric vehicle drivers can easily charge their cars at any charging station,” said Patty Monahan, transportation commissioner at the California Energy Commission.

ViGIL offers a range of services for EV and EVSE manufacturers and suppliers, charging point operators, and service providers. These tests meet regulatory and industry requirements to launch EVSE in the market, as well as those necessary to apply for federal or state funds.

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