Munich-based EV charging provider Ionity says its new test centre in Unterschleissheim, Germany, is the world’s first to provide “end-to-end” testing of EV charging to “tackle network fragmentation”.

Ionity says it commissions chargers from various manufacturers to develop networks for its electric vehicle partners including BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche, who all have different requirements.

“Every company interprets interface standards slightly differently. In our test centre, we can closely examine all steps in the charging process – from authentication and power transfer to the end of charging – and get feedback on any incompatibilities or issues,” said Laurence Langenbrink, Lead Testing Services at Ionity.

The 5000 m2 test centre outside Munich will undertake validation and interoperability tests between electric vehicles and charging stations as well as regression and software tests. This makes it possible, says Ionity, to perform tests on almost all high power charging (HPC) stations available on the European market in one location.

All tests are closely monitored and logged, and the charging processes are recorded in detail by the test equipment. Currently, Ionity is developing use cases and flowcharts for tests on various hardware models. The goal is to offer EV drivers the highest possible reliability at all Ionity locations, regardless of the vehicle manufacturer, and to use new technology only after it has successfully passed its own tests.