Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity today, and with transportation contributing about one-fifth of global carbon emissions, overhauling those systems will no doubt be critical in solving the climate crisis. However, there are a number of barriers impeding the widespread adoption of electric vehicles, namely the lack of interoperability and compatibility between the different charging systems that electric vehicle manufacturers offer, which means that individual EV owners and charging network providers (also known as electric vehicle service providers or EVSPs) are often locked into one particular proprietary system, each with its own app and pricing system.
This lack of seamless integration between different charging networks is one major roadblock to scaling up EV infrastructure, and some organizations are taking steps to tackle it head-on. One of these emerging movers is LF Energy, which is part of the Linux Foundation and aims to provide a neutral, collaborative space to develop open source tools that will help ease the transition to electric mobility. One of LF Energy’s latest projects, EVerest, focuses on developing an open source software stack for EV charging infrastructure, so that charging stations can be deployed more easily on a massive scale.