„Chargy“ – A transparency-software on the rise

The open industry solution for E-Mobility got rewarded.

The transparency software “Chargy” for the legally compliant charging of e-cars defines the new term “open source”. In respect thereof the software was now with the 1st Thuringian Open Source Award honored. The prize was awarded by the Thuringian Ministry of Economic Affairs and the ITnet Thüringen e.V. as part of the IT exhibition in Erfurt.

Erfurt/Kitzingen:  The charging infrastructure provider chargeIT counts as the initiator of “Chargy” and develops open-source software for the issue of compliance with legal requirements, which is hotly debated in e-mobility circles. This approach is urgently needed to create one for all stakeholders to create the working industry solution. “A 100% open source solution will be needed for continuous development beyond company boundaries is guaranteed and the billing for the user remains simple & transparent,” said Sebastian Bachmann, Managing Director of chargeIT. The special character of “Chargy” is that the software can be purchased, integrated and developed free of charge and license-free from everyone. In addition to chargeIT as an initiator, the Ladeverbund+ is a supporter of the Software-solution “Chargy”. Other manufacturers and programmers are invited to use the software to develop and create a comprehensive industry solution for the calibration law.

User friendly billing check of charging processes

“Chargy” was able, among other things, in the key decision criteria “degree of innovation”, “relevance for the practice” as well as “transferability to other users and scalability” to convince. The software is available as an open-source-project for a user-friendly billing review designed by charging. At the same time, an efficient and cost-effective further development development as an industry solution.

The software has already been successfully tested by several independent companies and is available for productive use. The overall solution is in the final stages of testing by the authorities responsible for the calibration law in e-mobility.

Current state of development

Further developments are already planned: “Chargy” should in the future the transfer of billing-relevant data between charging station operators and e-mobility providers simplify and accelerate.

“Chargy” is designed as a desktop software and as a smartphone app and will, after completion the initial certification, in the coming weeks in the app stores of Microsoft, Apple and Android be available. There will also be a Linux version and a boot-DVD.

What is Open Source?

Open source refers to a software that is publicly available and modified by third parties, can be used and further developed. For details, see the Contributor License Agreement on GitHub.

ITnet Thüringen e.V. awarded the Thuringian Open Source Prize for the first time this year. The competition aims to increase the visibility of open-source-solutions in Thüringen. Another aim is to promote public discussion on the topic of “open-source”. The jury is made up of representatives from business, science and politics.

More information about the open source project can be found on the GitHub project websites at:

https://github.com/OpenChargingCloud/ChargyDesktopApp
https://github.com/OpenChargingCloud/ChargyMobileApp