Magna Telemotive and CharIN collaborate to enable smart charging communication

CharIN and Magna Telemotive are partners in the development of connected electric mobility. Magna Telemotive offers long-term experience with charging units, Power Line Communication, charging columns, control units, and backend solutions.

”We promote the Combined Charging Standard (CCS) because it is key to establishing a universal charging infrastructure with error-free data exchange for electric vehicles,” says Heinz Huber, General Manager of Magna Telemotive. Telemotive Intelligent Charging (TIC) is a software stack for smart charging of electric and hybrid vehicles. It contains a custom-designed and ISO 15118-compliant PLC stack and allows error-free communication between the charging station and the individual vehicle variants via the charging cable. Thanks to the independent and modular design, the stack can be integrated in every control unit in the vehicle. With agile development methods, various OEM-specific requirements are integrated flexibly.

The close interaction of the various systems and the data networking are particularly challenging for software development. For this purpose, all components must be enabled to communicate with one another, for example, to exchange payment information between charging station operators and the vehicle, to optimize the charging process based on criteria including time, costs or ecology, or to integrate the electric vehicle into a home energy management system. Together with CharIN e.V. and the other members, Magna Telemotive strives to solve these challenges and to further develop the standards required to offer the customer the best charging experience.


About Magna Telemotive

Magna Telemotive is a leading strategic development partner of internationally operating companies in the automotive industry. The company develops connected and sustainable mobility concepts. The core competencies are software development, HMI (human machine interface), infotainment, connectivity as well as automotive-specific tools and digitalization. Magna Telemotive is part of Magna Steyr, one of the world’s leading independent engineering and manufacturing partners for automakers.

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Unleashing the Power of Smart Charging with Telemotive Intelligent Charging

The close correlation between the electric car and charging stations, backend servers for charging, home energy management systems (HEMS), smart homes, and of course the customer makes the electric car part of an energy-efficient network, and therefore a comfortable partner for everyday use. “To enhance the user experience when charging the car, we offer a software stack which enables intelligent, sustainable and user-driven charging,” explains Heinz Huber, General Manager at Magna Telemotive. Telemotive Intelligent Charging (TIC) is a universal cross-OEM solution for the data exchange between the charging point and the vehicle. TIC is a software component for error-free, controlled and secured data exchange between the vehicle and the charging station via the charging cable. It is the implementation of Power Line Communication (PLC) with Plug and Charge (PnC) features and follows the specifications of ISO 15118 and DIN SPEC 70121 norms.

TIC is open-ended expandable for additional 3rd-party-specific services and fully MISRA:C compliant. The stack is target-system independent and can be integrated in AUTOSAR and LINUX environment. Magna Telemotive’s proven testing strategies guarantee top-notch quality. “We continuously develop Telemotive Intelligent Charging on the pulse of the market and with our membership at CharIN e.V. and the Focus Group ‘Charging Communication’, we are on the forefront of future ISO editions and technology development,” says Huber. Furthermore, Magna Telemotive provides customized solutions for individual requirements and offers consulting services in all aspects of E-Mobility.

Possible use cases for the TIC integration:

• Optimized charging with respect to time, schedule, cost and sustainable energy resources. This ensures maximum battery capacity at a certain departure time; also fluctuation of energy prices can be considered.

• New options for payment, such as encrypted exchange of payment details with public charging stations or – for charging at home – convenient payment together with house electricity. This is enabled through Plug and Charge (PnC).

• Dynamic re-negotiation of charging plans when environmental or user conditions change.