Highly flexible testing of charging communication for all common charging standards around the world, to achieve efficient validation of EV charging components

Various Charging Standards Supported

ISO 15118, DIN 70121, ChaoJi-2, CHAdeMO, GB/T, and NACS

Conformance Testing

Ensure conformance of EVCCs with charging standards

High Degree of Customization

Interfaces for all common charging plugs

Fault Injection Capabilities

Simulation of errors during communication

What is the dSPACE Smart Charging Solution?

The dSPACE Smart Charging Solution is a key solution for developing and testing technologies involved in the electric vehicle charging process. The combination of hardware and software components offers comprehensive testing options. The solution supports all common charging communication standards and can be easily integrated into your test setup. Thanks to its high flexibility, it can complete a range of tasks.

Get an overview of our equipment for validating charging technologies on this website and learn how your development process will benefit from the comprehensive dSPACE solution.

Application Areas

The Smart Charging Solution supports both manufacturers of electric vehicles and manufacturers of charging stations in developing and testing charging technologies. You can use it for the following:

Validating Onboard Chargers

  • Test real electric vehicles and onboard chargers by connecting them to simulated charging stations that support different standards
  • Test various ECUs and power electronics components involved in the charging process

Validating Charging Stations

  • Test charging station controllers in early development stages thanks to the electric vehicle simulation included in the Smart Charging Interface Software
  • Test charging according to all common charging standards on the signal and power level

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Key Benefits

The Smart Charging Solution supports you throughout various development steps – from software-in-the-loop (SIL) testing to hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and power HIL (PHIL) testing all the way up to real-vehicle testing. It comes with a CAN FD interface for easy integration into existing HIL environments.

The solution supports both AC and DC charging. You can also use it to simulate errors during communication and to monitor and manipulate power-line communication used, e.g., for the pairing mechanism (signal level attenuation characterization, SLAC).

Supported Standards

The Smart Charging Solution supports all common standards relevant for charging communication:

  • ISO 15118 and DIN 70121 powerline communication
  • IEC 61851-1, ChaoJi-2, CHAdeMO, GB/T, and NACS support

Supported Charging Plugs

The Smart Charging Solution provides interfaces for all common charging plugs, e.g.:

  • Type 1, Type 2, CCS1, and CCS2
  • GB/T, CHAdeMO, ChaoJi, and NACS

Conformance Testing

Conformance Testing

Perform standardized conformance tests to ensure conformance of EVCCs and SECCs1) with charging standards.

​​​​​​​Rely on comprehensive dSPACE support including predefined conformance test libraries that comply with global standards, such as ISO 15118-4 or DIN 70121.

  • EVCC: Electric vehicle communication controller
  • SECC: Supply equipment communication controller


1) Available in a later Release.

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Plug-and-Charge Features

Plug-and-Charge Features

Benefit from the solution's plug-and-charge standard support to achieve secure TLS-encrypted communication.

  • Testing advanced features based on the ISO 15118-2 charging communication standard, including plug-and-charge (PnC) and value-added services (VAS)
  • Support for transport layer security (TLS) encryption and key and certificate handling

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Testing Real Charging Processes

Testing Real Charging Processes

Test real electric vehicles and their charging-related components with the SCALEXIO Smart Charging Power HIL EV Tester.

  • Complex field tests in the laboratory
  • AC and DC charging for real electric vehicles
  • Full simulation of freely configurable charging stations, including grid emulation option

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DS5366 Smart Charging Interface

The hardware component of the Smart Charging Solution comes as an interface unit between the hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulator and the electronic control unit (ECU).

It provides a CAN FD interface for connecting to the HIL simulator as well as a USB interface for data logging and an Ethernet interface for protocol tracing.

DS5367 Smart Charging Plug Simulator

For a comprehensive set of fault insertion options, the DS5367 Smart Charging Plug Simulator can be added to the Smart Charging Solution. It supports all common charging standards.

The extension lets you emulate and manipulate the electrical networks related to connectors, cables, and communication signals and fulfills the CharIN CCS Test System (CCTS) recommendation.

For testing charging stations, the DS5367 Smart Charging Plug Simulator is mandatory.

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Technical Details: DS5366 Smart Charging Interface



  • Internal 4 GB SD card for customer settings

Host interface

  • 1 Mbit/s CAN FD
  • USB logging on connected PC
  • Ethernet raw data
  • Input for custom PWM voltage
  • Input for custom PWM impedance resistor

Target interface

  • Control pilot (CP), proximity pilot (PP), protective earth (PE)
  • 2 x relay outputs for power switching and user applications

CAN FD interface

  • Monitoring of SLAC and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) messages via CAN
  • Dynamic access to control messages in the DS5366 Smart Charging Interface

Size (width x height x depth)

  • 190 x 86 x 240 mm (7.5 x 3.4 x 9.4 in)


  • 2.1 kg

Power supply

  • 8 ... 30 V DC input voltage
  • ~ 6 W power consumption


Smart Charging Interface Software

The basic software component of the Smart Charging Solution includes a Simulink® model, ControlDesk layouts, and a DBC file that describes the CAN FD communication.

The Simulink model supports all common charging communication standards, such as ISO 15118, DIN SPEC 70121, CHAdeMO, ChaoJi-2, and GB/T. It includes a user interface for parametrization and allows for the connection and simulation of power electronics components.

By using the ControlDesk layouts, you gain an overview of all the relevant electrical information, the messages involved in the charging communication, and the communication status. You can also use the layout for configuration purposes, for example, for parametrization as well as electrical and timing manipulation.

Smart Charging PlugAndCharge Software Module

The Smart Charging PlugAndCharge Software Module lets you test advanced features as described in the ISO 15118-2 charging communication standard, including plug-and-charge (PnC) and value-added services (VAS).

These features require TLS encryption and certificate handling, which are both supported by the dSPACE test solution. For certificate handling, dSPACE offers a customizable, ready-to-use dSPACE public key infrastructure (PKI) and supports working with the non-productive PKI from Hubject.

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Functionality Overview: Smart Charging Interface Software


Simulink model

  • Behavior model of a charging station
  • User interface for connecting and simulating power electronics components
  • Open model for all communication standards that can be coded for different real-time systems
  • Suitable interface for dSPACE ASM Electric Components

ControlDesk layouts

  • Overview layout including electrical information as well as information on the communication status
  • Specific overview and configuration layout including timing manipulation for all standards
  • Status and device information
  • Plotting of charging curves with all relevant data
  • CAN monitoring for message exchange via the real-time system
  • Warnings and error counter

Manipulation Mode

  • V2G data manipulation
  • Timing manipulation by restraining V2G response messages on CAN FD
  • Possibility to connect power electronics components
Simplified Workflow for Using the Smart Charging Solution

Simplified Workflow for Using the Smart Charging Solution

  • Open the predefined ConfigurationDesk project and implement your I/O configuration according to your SCALEXIO-based hardware system
  • Load your configuration onto the test platform
  • Run your simulation and tests and keep track of the results

Deep Dive: Explore More About dSPACE Products Relevant in the Context of Smart Charging

Required Products


    Modular real-time system for RCP and HIL applications

  • ConfigurationDesk

    Configuration and implementation software for dSPACE real-time hardware

  • ControlDesk

    Universal experiment software for ECU development

Optional Products

  • Conformance Tests for Smart Charging
    Conformance Tests for Smart Charging

    Testing EVCC and SECC conformance with charging standards

  • DS5367 Smart Charging Plug Simulator
    DS5367 Smart Charging Plug Simulator

    For emulating and manipulating resistor networks and I/O of EVs and EVSEs

  • Smart Charging PlugAndCharge Software Module
    Smart Charging PlugAndCharge Software Module

    Optional software module for the dSPACE Smart Charging Solution for testing Plug & Charge scenarios in the context of electric vehicle charging

  • ASM Electric Components
    ASM Electric Components

    Real-time models for automotive electric system and drive simulation

  • ASM Battery
    ASM Battery

    Battery systems operating with the utmost performance are what make electrical systems, e.g., in electrified vehicles, ships, and aerospace applications, efficient.

  • Bus Manager
    Bus Manager

    Configuration tool for LIN, CAN, and CAN FD bus simulation

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