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Charging ahead: How Tech is Future-Proofing America’s EV Infrastructure

With significant federal investments totaling $13.5 billion directed towards upgrading both the U.S. electric grid and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, the nation's transition to electric vehicles faces a critical bottleneck: outdated software. Julian Offermann, CEO of S44, underscores the urgency in updating this software to meet strict government mandates, crucial for the ambitious goal of 50 percent EV car sales by 2030.
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Originally published in Federal News Network on November 2, 2023.

Aging U.S. electrical transmission lines, over 25 years old, pose reliability concerns, necessitating updates not only to the existing technology but also to accommodate the planned addition of 1.2 million EV chargers. The transition from gas to electric vehicles demands not only a scalable grid but also sophisticated software to manage EV charging efficiently.

The majority of charge management software lacks real-time monitoring, leading to frequent downtime. The mandated updated standard, OCPP 2.0.1, requires a significant overhaul of existing software, creating challenges for operators to meet the February 2024 deadline for government funding.

Offermann highlights two pivotal tech strategies: the adoption of open source software and the standardization of systems across charging equipment, vehicles, and networks. These strategies, essential for digital transformation and grid modernization, offer a path to meet the stringent government funding deadline.

To dive deeper into these critical issues and understand the pivotal role of collaborative tech solutions in advancing reliable infrastructure, read more on Federal News Network. The nation's transportation system and grid's future depend on the collaboration between government and tech industry to drive progress.

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