Project EVerest is on a mission to standarize EV charging protocols

The development and expansion of the EV charging software ecosystem is a critical component to the mainstream adoption of electric vehicles. However, the industry has become complex and fragmented, with multiple isolated solutions and inconsistent technology standards. This slows and threatens the adoption of EVs.

In response, PIONIX has developed a project called EVerest, an open-source software stack designed to establish a common base layer for a unified EV charging ecosystem. 

EVerest has gained some serious cred in the developer world, with its biggest support LF Energy (the Linux open-source foundation for the power systems sector). I spoke to the project’s brainchild, Dr. Marco Möller, managing director of PIONIX, to find out more. 

What’s the problem with EV charging software? 

The idea for EVerst came from Marco Möller’s previous work at German commercial drone software firm MAVinci (Intel acquired the company in 2016). Möller shared:

Our acquisition by Intel coincided with their switch to open-source software. We saw that open source software benefited from the power of so many developers, including those from universities.

After the acquisition, the team did consulting work with several charging manufacturers and found that many engineers were involved in “me too” projects, effectively replicating the same code, even though 99% of the code was already engineered.

Standards are also vital to mitigate the differences in charging standards globally from CHAdeMo, commonly used by Japanese automakers, to China’s ChaoJi, and  CSS, popular in Europe and the US.