FOSDEM 2024 Energy Devroom Recap: EVerest: Revolutionizing EV Charging with a Unified Software Stack
In the Energy Devroom at FOSDEM 2024, Kai-Uwe Hermann of PIONIX presented an insightful session titled “EVerest: One stack to charge them all?” (video follows below). The presentation shed light on EVerest, a groundbreaking software stack from LF Energy designed to revolutionize the electric vehicle (EV) charging landscape.
EVerest: A Comprehensive Solution
EVerest stands out as a comprehensive software stack tailored explicitly for EV chargers. Built on embedded Linux and released under the Apache 2.0 license, it offers unparalleled flexibility and scalability. This versatile platform aims to support a wide range of hardware platforms while empowering users to develop custom modules.
Hermann provided a glimpse into EVerest’s developmental journey, starting from its conceptualization in late 2020 to its official announcement as an LF Energy project in January 2022. The project’s growth was highlighted, with significant milestones including the involvement of chargebyte and the successful hosting of the inaugural Everest summit conference in October 2023.
Community Engagement and Organizational Structure
A crucial aspect of EVerest’s success lies in its vibrant community engagement and robust organizational structure. The transition from a mailing list to a chat-based communication platform, along with the establishment of specialized working groups, has facilitated efficient collaboration and management of the project’s rapid growth.
Technical Achievements and Innovations
Hermann elaborated on the technical milestones achieved by the EVerest project, including monthly source code releases, advancements in OCPP implementations, and the development of innovative solutions such as DIY DC chargers and handheld Micro megawatt Chargers. These achievements underscore EVerest’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of EV charging technology.
Roadmap for the Future
Looking ahead, Hermann outlined the ambitious roadmap for EVerest in 2024. Key focus areas include native EV simulation, completion of OCPP 2.011 implementation, integration of OCPP 2.1, and advancements in ISO 15118-20 compliance. Additionally, plans for prototyping charger-side demos and expanding community involvement were emphasized.
Call to Action
Hermann concluded the session with a call to action, inviting individuals to engage with the EVerest project through documentation, GitHub repositories, and active participation in community discussions. The collaborative spirit of EVerest offers a unique opportunity for enthusiasts, developers, and industry stakeholders to shape the future of EV charging technology.