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Vehicle-Grid Innovation Laboratory (ViGIL)

DEKRA EV Charging Station

What is ViGIL?

The Vehicle-Grid Innovation Laboratory (ViGIL) is a facility providing future mobility testing and certification. The laboratory is focused on increasing interoperability of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, increasing capacity and throughput of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) standards testing, and expanding testing for electric vehicle charging equipment. ViGIL seeks to transform the transportation sector to meet its 2030 ZEV goals and ensure a seamless charging experience for consumers in California and across the country.

Who is responsible for ViGIL?

The California Energy Commission selected DEKRA to develop the laboratory in March 2022. The project was awarded and funded through a competitive bid process.

Where is ViGIL located?

ViGIL is located at 1850 Gateway Blvd., Suite 925 in Concord, California.

When will ViGIL open?

The laboratory is expected to open in late 2022.

Who can use ViGIL?

The services offered at the laboratory are open to the public. The testing and certification services will be of particular interest to:

  • Electric vehicle manufacturers
  • Electric vehicle suppliers
  • Device manufacturers
  • Electric vehicle charging station manufacturers
  • Charging point operators
  • Charging point service providers
  • Energy and utility companies

As an innovation facility, the lab aims to allocate 20% of its laboratory resources to universities and small businesses to encourage investment and participation in the EV industry.

What types of tests will ViGIL conduct?

The ViGIL will offer a range of state-of-the-art testing and certification services for future mobility.

Upon opening, services will include:

  • Testing for level 1 and 2 AC chargers and level 3 DC chargers with CCS type 1 connectors.
  • Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) 1.6 certification testing : Developed by the Open Charge Alliance, this certification includes interoperability and conformance testing to ensure proper functioning between the electrical vehicle charging station and the back-office. The testing will include charging station and charging station management system testing.
  • CharIN compliance testing: This certifies interoperability between electric vehicles (EV) and EVSE.
  • CP/PP SAE J1772 and SAE J2593: Functional, conformance, and interoperability testing.
  • CP/PP annex A of IEC 61851-1: Functional, conformance, and interoperability testing.
  • IEC 61851-23 annex CC: Full DC charging sequence testing.
  • ISO 15118-2 and ISO 15118-3: Compliance and interoperability testing for EVSE supporting AC and DC charging mode, external means of communication (EIM), and plug and charge (PnC).
  • DIN SPEC 70121 (SAE J2847): Conformance and interoperability testing for DC chargers.
  • SAE J2894: Power quality testing for AC and DC chargers.
  • Testing Section 3.40 of the NIST 2020 Handbook 44 (Electric Vehicle Fueling): This code applies to devices, accessories, and systems used for the measurement of electricity dispensed in vehicle fuel applications, including EVSE submeters.

DEKRA will continue to develop new capabilities at ViGIL, including:

  • Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) 2.0.1 certification testing
  • Fully integrated OCPP–ISO 15118 end-to-end testing
  • ISO 15118-20 bidirectional emulation testing
  • ISO 15118-20 conformance and interoperability testing
  • California Rule 21 testing of bidirectional charger
  • Grid compliance testing
  • SAE J3072 conformance testing

Does DEKRA offer any other testing related to EV charging?

Yes. Through its worldwide network of labs, DEKRA offers a wide range of related tests and certifications, covering charging equipment, cables, plugs, and EVSE, including:

  • SAE J1772
  • SAE J2847
  • SAE J2931
  • SAE J295
  • UL 2251
  • IEC 62196-x
  • SAE J3068
  • UL 2594
  • UL 2231-1/2
  • UL 2202
  • UL 62
  • FCC Part 15 (regulatory EMC/RF testing)
  • RED (wireless testing)
  • IEC 61851-1
  • IEC 61851-23
  • IEC 61851-21-1
  • IEC 61851-21-2
  • ISO 17409
  • Cybersecurity evaluations and certifications , including IEC 62443-4-2 and penetration testing
  • TISAX

Will all tests be conducted at ViGIL, or can they be performed at other locations?

Testing can be performed at ViGIL, another DEKRA laboratory, or on-site at a manufacturer’s preferred location. ViGIL builds upon DEKRA’s capabilities in EV and EVSE charging globally, including facilities for OCPP, CharIN, safety, and EMC testing in Sterling, Virginia, and Arnhem, Netherlands.

Does DEKRA offer other kinds of testing?

Through its worldwide network of laboratories, DEKRA offers an extensive range of testing services for electric, connected, and automated vehicles, including laboratory testing, field testing, and regulatory certification services, such as FCC Part 15 and Part 90 for U.S. market access. We also offer comprehensive cybersecurity evaluations and certification of products, processes, and systems .

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information on ViGIL, please fill out the contact form below.

Why DEKRA?

As the partner for safety at home, at work, and on the road, DEKRA is one of the largest safety organizations in the world. Today, the company employs more than 45,000 specialists, worldwide, focused on increasing safety in all areas of life, including automotive consulting, industrial inspection, and product certification. DEKRA operates in over 60 countries, delivering a safer world through consulting, inspections, testing, certification, auditing, and training.

DEKRA is a trusted partner for testing and certification, offering turnkey product certification services in nearly 200 countries and territories. With a worldwide presence and in-country partners, DEKRA provides the local certification and approval marks that you need in order to export your products to new markets around the world.