Creating a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles relies on a capable workforce. Professionals with knowledge in electrical engineering, renewable energy integration, grid management, and compliance are essential for the future of transportation. In this blog, we’ll briefly go over some of the skills needed by technicians to support the shift to electric transportation, with a focus on Germany and its standards. Although this is by no means an exhaustive list, and only touches the surface of the insight required to work effectively in this field, the overview should provide a starting point for engineers considering entering this space.
The heart of EV charging infrastructure is electrical engineering. Professionals in this field require a solid understanding of electrical systems, circuits, and power distribution. They are skilled at designing and implementing safe and efficient charging solutions. An essential standard in this context is DIN EN 62196. Part 1 of this standard deals with the conductive charging of EVs, outlining the requirements for plugs, socket-outlets, vehicle connectors, and vehicle inlets. It encompasses both AC and DC charging.
Understanding various charging standards like CCS (Combined Charging System), CHAdeMO, and Tesla Superchargers is important for ensuring compatibility and interoperability across different charging networks. Several standards play a role in this context, including IEC 61851 (Electric Vehicle Conductive Charging System), which pertains to devices for wired charging within and outside electric road vehicles at standardized alternating voltages up to 1,000 V.
An understanding of networking protocols (e.g., OCPP, ISO 15118) and communication technologies is crucial for enabling smart charging capabilities, remote monitoring, and data analytics. DIN EN 61851-1 outlines general requirements for conductive charging systems for EVs. It includes aspects like electrical and mechanical safety, EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility), and communication protocols.
Effective project management ensures that charging infrastructure projects are completed on time and within budget. This includes skills in planning, scheduling, resource allocation, and risk management. Project managers, sometimes shortened to PMs, may need to consider the following when developing plans:
DIN EN 60664-1 (Insulation Coordination for Equipment within Low-Voltage Systems):
DIN EN 50620 (Conductors of Insulated Cables):
DIN EN 60947:
If you are considering applying your skills in this space to the companies operating in the German market, please take a look at our Bridging Program designed to prepare green technicians for the energy transition here.
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