The interoperability Testival was successfully completed for 5 days from September 2nd to 6th at KERI Ansan branch in Korea. It was hosted by Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) and organized by Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) and Korea Smart Grid Association (KSGA). Total 9 EVs from 6 OEMs (BMW, GM, Hyundai, Porsche, Renault, Ssangyong Motor) and 6 EVSEs (Daeyoung Chaevi, Klinelex, JoongAng, PNE, Signet EV Inc., ULVAC) were tested in the round-robin format with the Combined Charging System (CCS). CharIN sponsored this Testival and its members, Gridwiz, LG Innotek and YURA also supported the event.
Test cases have been developed under the leadership of the CharIN Qualification Team Leader Dr. Woohyun Seo from KERI. Issues in the field were collected, analyzed, classified and discussed between participants and finally the test cases were released completely fit into Korean market. During the Testival, this customized test was executed not only in EVs on the road but also in ones under development with actual charging power up to 100 kW even on dual charging basis. The test result and findings were categorized and shared with all the participants anonymously at the wrap-up meeting on the last day.
There was a conference under the theme of “The Present and Future Technology of EV Charging System” on the 4th day of the Testival. Mr. Jacques Borremans, CharIN managing director Asia, introduced the first CharIN Testival at ElaadNL in Arnhem, Netherlands on October 30th to 31st this year along with CharIN’s plan to organize at least one Test Symposium per year in each of its active regions of the world: Asia, Europe, and North America.
Ever since KATS recommended the use of CCS in 2017, the Korean market has shown both quantitative expansion and qualitative growth based on all these efforts. It is obvious that this Testival achieved its objective to improve the interoperability of charging infrastructure and contribute the market environment more reliable and stable for EVs in Korea and global markets.