TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Barton Sidles admits that his is not the sexiest side of the vehicle electrification movement.
But he says Hubject Inc.'s work in electric vehicle charging is nothing short of a game changer.
Sidles is Hubject's senior director of corporate and business development. The German company is helping to implement a global standard called ISO 15118 that enables so-called Plug&Charge.
Sidles says the standard allows electric vehicles and charging stations to speak a common language and to do so securely.
"Now, I know that may not sound all that sexy. But I think that once you hear a little bit more about its potential, you might agree that we have our next Romance language," he told an audience Wednesday at the seminars.
For EV drivers, ISO 15118 will mean a charging session that starts automatically once the car is plugged in.
That means the driver won't have to use a smartphone app or a radio- frequency identification card for authentication.
"It's very important for the auto OEMS, making sure that nothing is able to get into the vehicle that has not been authenticated.
"And the same thing with the charging stations — we don't want to have any messages going into this charging station and then onto the grid that might compromise our smart grid system."
He said the standard also will enable secure communications between the driver and the grid, which could facilitate smart charging.
In January, Hubject announced a deal with Volkswagen's Electrify America initiative to allow people to pay for EV charging by plugging in their vehicles.