Electric Vehicle (EV) charging communication in the form of the Combined Charging System (CCS) is a core enabling technology for fast-charging EVs and future Smart Grid integration. Its interoperability is key for user acceptance and economies of scale but it is also a major technical challenge because of vastly different implementations, individual use cases, and the requirements of a diverse global market.

The Testing Symposium is an international event held in Europe, Asia, and America  - rotating each time it is held. The two-day event embraces these challenges and brings together companies from the smart charging community and their technology experts to conduct conformance & interoperability tests for electric vehicles and charging infrastructures.

This hands-on event is held twice a year and digs deep into implementing, supporting, and testing interoperability. Companies that participate in the Testing Symposium benefit not only from presentations on the most current information in the field but also through networking with international smart-charging communication experts, including me and many of my most-highly regarded peer experts.

The most recent Testing Symposium took place nearby Toronto, Canada on November 16-17, 2017.

Here is a group photo from the Testing Symposium in South Korea in November 2016. There were 36 companies (80 participants) from 10 countries - including USA, Germany, Spain, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Australia - that gathered on the island of Jeju to test their ISO 15118 implementations.
Note: I am the forth person from the right in the first row.

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