1. General Information about the Events

Why do we initiate Testing Events and what is the main objective of those events?

The overall objective of the events is to provide non-competitive, non-binding verification of ISO/IEC 15118 (and DIN 70121 for CharIN Testivals) standards compliance and to bring added-value to those, who actively participate at the meeting (participants with test equipment). In order to validate the specification work on conformance testing as well as its implementations, different vendors can test against each other. Additionally, the testing events are aimed to provide CCS experts have a platform where they can network and exchange about the latest news within the e-mobility sector.

Who can participate at the Testing Events?

Companies and professionals working in the area of CCS EV charging technology as well as CCS charging infrastructures. This includes especially engineers, computer scientists, project managers, developers, and sales personnel, but the event is not addressing the general public (end customers).

How many companies participated in the Testing Events in the past?

We received on average 80-250 participant registrations from approx. 35-90 different companies. The participants came from ~20 different countries.

Is there any limit concerning the number of participants?

Typically, not. If there is a limit it will be announced in the invitation of the corresponding Testing Event.

Who can I contact if I have technical questions?

Please send an e-mail to info@testing-symposium.net. The Testing Symposium Support Team is always happy to help you and will come back to you as soon as possible.

2. Technical Registration Process

Can I update an already submitted registration (e.g. change names of participants)?

In case you need to update an already submitted registration, please re-submit a new registration form by accessing the individual link from the registration confirmation email again. In this case, please provide a comment at the end of the questionnaire that your previous registration is obsolete.

Will there be any briefing concerning the test equipment installation on site?

For preparation of the testing activities and clarification of any questions, we invite all test participants approx. 2 weeks before the Testing Events to preparatory web sessions in order to clarify any open issues of participants for the preparation of the event.

What kind of documents do we need to hand in for the event?

You need to hand in the Sign-In Form to receive a participant badge at the registration desk on site. The Sign-In Form will be distributed before the event via email and one signed document per company from an authorized company representative is required. Please consider when planning your travel to Europe / North America / Asia, that a VISUM may be required. Request your individual invitation from the host of the event. Notwithstanding the above, further documents may be required by the host or organizer(s).

3. Technical Information concerning the Test Equipment

What kind of equipment can I test at the Testing Events?

You are free to choose your type of test equipment you would like to bring with you. During the Testival companies will have the opportunity to test Electric Vehicles (EVs), Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSEs), EV Communication Controllers (EVCC), Supply Equipment Communication Controllers (SECC), Test Systems for EV / EVCC, Test Systems for EVSE / SECC, OCPP 2.0 Charging Stations, and OCPP 2.0 Charging Station Management Systems. If you register for the ISO/IEC 15118 Testing Symposia, you will be able to participate in Communication Controller / ECU Testing, but cannot test any other kind of test equipment.

Please note the following:

  • All test participants must bring their own test equipment to take part in the testings (the organizer(s) or the host do not provide any test equipment)
  • Tests among EVs and EVSEs // EVCC and SECCs // OCPP Charging Stations and Mgmt. Systems are implemented in PARALLEL SLOTS. If you want to take part with e.g. EV AND EVCC you must bring TWO dedicated equipment and corresponding staff members to operate them AT THE SAME TIME.

What kind of standards are supported by the Testing Events?

In general, the Testing Events were established to test CCS equipment.
The following standards are supported for DC charging:

  • IEC 61851-1:2017 Ed.3
  • IEC 61851-23
  • DIN 70121:2014 (only for CharIN Testivals!)
  • ISO 15118-2:2014 (w/ or w/o Plug & Charge)
  • ISO 15118-3:2015

The following standards are supported for AC charging:

  • IEC 61851-1:2017 Ed. 3
  • ISO 15118-2:2014 (w/ or w/o Plug & Charge)
  • ISO 15118-3:2015

NOTE 1: Mode-3 test equipment is NOT IN SCOPE of the events.

CHAdeMO or GB/T equipment is NOT IN SCOPE of the events.

What are the technical requirements for controller tests (EVCC / SECC)?

For controller tests (EVCC / SECC) we do have the following technical requirements:

For controller tests (EVCC / SECC) we do have the following technical requirements:

  • Physical interface for ECU interconnection of CP, GND and optionally PP is:
    – 4mm female banana plugs for EVCC
    – 4mm male banana plugs for SECC
  • Control Pilot (CP) circuit according to IEC 61851-1 as well as PLC coupling circuit according to DIN 70121:2014 / ISO 15118-3:2015 must be provided.

What are the technical requirements for EV / EVSE tests?

Interconnection of Systems Under Tests (SUT)

  • For AC equipment: Type 2 plugs and inlets according to IEC 621196-2
  • For DC equipment: CCS Type 2 plugs and inlets

Where do I get the Plug & Charge (PNC) Test PKI for PNC test sessions?

VERISCO will provide the V2G Test PKI in the week before the event.

Which vendors take part in the event and what kind of test equipment will be available?

The organizer(s) of the event will provide shortly before the event an overview with all registered companies and the associated test equipment. Generally, registration is open to any controller / test system / EV / EVSE vendor supporting CCS standards.

What will be the artifacts provided by the test system(s) i.e. reports, logs etc.?

You can individually decide with your testing partners about the test data / artifacts that is/are exchanged. For the moment, there is no moderated test plan (with respect to what is being tested) and the organizers do not collect any test results.

4. Procedure / Agenda of the Events

When does our company receive a detailed test schedule with all participating companies?

A test schedule that includes all participating companies and the type of test equipment incl. supported standards and authorization profiles will be distributed shortly before the event.

How does the procedure of the testing look like?

The Testing Events are organized in a round robin procedure which means that vendors test against each other and after a test slot is over the test participants rotate further according to the test schedule. Hence, a round robin procedure will enable us to test different systems much as possible. In addition to normal charging tests, some procedures e.g. stop charging by the user on both sides or try to regulate the charging process are possible but not fixed test terms. The test system can provide parts of the conformance tests, restricted by the test slot time. During the wrap up sessions at the very end of the events, we collect feedback on the event and some general technical feedback on issues that are related to potential white spots in CCS standards in order to improve these over time.

How long is a test slot?

Expect about 2 hours per test slot incl. the time for changing the test station and setting up the test equipment at the new station. Please note that test slot timings are subject to change as part of the final test schedule and may furthermore depend on type of test equipment.

How many test cycles can be expected during the test event?

Number of test slots depends on the overall number of registered companies but typically is in the range of 7-10 slots over the two days.