State of the Industry Report 2023

This report provides an in-depth analysis of Plug&Charge, an industry-wide innovation revolutionizing EV charging. It covers the development, implementation, and adoption of Plug&Charge technology, along with key trends and business perspectives within the eMobility industry. The report aims to help readers gain a comprehensive understanding of the industry developments and make strategic decisions on implementing this future technology.

Seamless Charging Authentication

Plug&Charge streamlines the EV charging process by removing the need for manual authentication steps. Instead, EV drivers can simply plug in their vehicles, and the charging session initiates automatically. This seamless authentication not only enhances the user experience but also improves the efficiency of EV charging networks. By eliminating the reliance on RFID cards or smartphone apps, Plug&Charge minimizes potential delays and technical issues, ensuring a hassle-free charging experience.


Enhanced Cybersecurity

One of the key advantages of Plug&Charge is its robust cybersecurity measures. Through the automated exchange of encrypted certificates using trusted V2G Public Key Infrastructures (PKIs), Plug&Charge ensures secure communication between EVs and charging stations. This mitigates potential vulnerabilities, safeguarding against safety hazards, privacy breaches, and financial losses. EV drivers can have confidence in the integrity and security of their charging sessions, promoting trust and peace of mind.


Interoperability and Standardization

To foster widespread adoption and seamless integration, Plug&Charge emphasizes interoperability and standardization. By integrating multiple non-proprietary V2G root PKIs, Plug&Charge ecosystems ensure interoperability, convenience, accessibility, and security for all stakeholders. This approach prevents lock-in effects and offers flexibility for ecosystem participants. Additionally, the industry is actively working on a smooth transition between the ISO 15118-2 and 15118-20 standards. This transition allows for compatibility between different systems and ensures a cohesive charging experience across various networks.



Plug&Charge is transforming the EV charging landscape by introducing seamless authentication, simplifying the charging process for EV drivers, and enhancing cybersecurity. With its growing adoption by major OEMs, CPOs, and MOs, Plug&Charge is poised to become the industry standard for EV charging authentication. By prioritizing interoperability and standardization, Plug&Charge ecosystems provide convenience, accessibility, and security to all stakeholders. As the number of Plug&Charge-enabled EVs and charging networks continues to rise, this technology sets the stage for a future of seamless, efficient, and user-friendly EV charging experiences.


Public key infrastructure for eachP&C market role as outlined in ISO 15118
Source: state of the Industry Report 2023 | Hubject
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