Vector, a leading manufacturer of software tools and embedded components for the development of electronic systems and their networking with many different systems from CAN to Automotive Ethernet, has supplemented its ECU lineup by adding a controller for charging via pantographs.
Electric commercial vehicle makers including buses will benefit from this solution for quick and efficient charging via an electrical collector which is available now.
The Vector controller VC-EVCC-P (Electric Vehicle Communication Controller for Pantograph charging) supports roof-mounted pantographs as well as loading according to the OppCharge standard via inverted pantographs. It is a generic charging controller for 24-volt electrical systems and already qualified for production use. This can be installed directly in vehicles. The new charging controller is also suited for prototypes and evaluation purposes.
Along with the conventional construction method, in which a pantograph is mounted on the vehicle roof and docks to the charging station, the Vector controller also supports inverted pantographs.
CAN WiFi Gateway
In this configuration, the pantograph is located at the charge point from where it establishes a connection to the electric vehicle, e.g., a bus. Wireless communication with the charging infrastructure is implemented as an accessory: the CAN WiFi Gateway. It enables WiFi communication based on IEEE 802.11a/n in the 5 GHz band.
The controller’s CAN channel with the standardized SAE J1939 protocol for the commercial vehicle market assures quick connection. It supports diagnostic messages based on DM1, DM13 and J1939 Network Management.
In the release planned for the second half of 2020, the VC-EVCC-P will also support charging processes via pantographs mounted on the vehicle roof based on the DIN-70121/ISO15118-2 protocol
The Vector controllers can be used universally with a focus on data communication. As they use standard technologies, they are ideal for quickly developing functional samples and using them in production.
Vector is able to offer a complete package with full functionality together with its AUTOSAR basic software MICROSAR.