07. December 2020 Press release

Charge Control L: Ready-to-use control unit for effective DC charging

First automotive charge controller to meet functional safety requirements according to ISO 26262 ASIL B

in-tech smart charging GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of in-tech GmbH, presents a new charging controller for the automotive industry: Charge Control L is a full-fledged automotive control unit that enables vehicle manufacturers to implement DC charging (fast charging) in their vehicles. The control unit is integrated into the vehicle via CAN interface and handles the communication with the charging station as well as the monitoring of the charging process. Charge Control L is the first product on the market that meets the functional safety requirements. 

Ready-to-use ECU

Manufacturers of commercial vehicles such as buses, trucks and other special vehicles, which usually charge with direct current, are the main target group for the charge controller. Charge Control L offers a ready-to-use solution to these customers: The control unit integrates into the vehicle via the CAN bus and handles the entire communication with the charging station as well as the monitoring of the charging process. 

Additionally, the ECU can be connected to an onboard charger to enable AC charging and to extend older architectures with ISO 15118 functionalities. Charge Control L complies with the ISO15118 and DIN70121 charging standards for DC charging and IEC61851 and ISO15118 for AC charging.

Full functional safety guaranteed

From the very beginning, the in-tech developers took functional safety requirements into account: "Vehicle manufacturers must guarantee functional safety during the charging process," explains Thomas Wagner, CEO of in-tech smart charging GmbH. "Charge Control L has been developed according to the automotive standard ISO 26262 and meets the required safety standard ASIL B. For this purpose, the control unit monitors, for example, the temperature at the charging plug, the status LEDs and the plug locks," the CEO adds.

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chargebyte supplies hardware and software products for all aspects of charging communication. With more than 10 years of experience in the field of powerline communication, the company offers solutions for the charging function in electric vehicles as well as in charging stations. The award-winning products rely on forward-looking technologies such as Vehicle-2-Grid, which turns vehicles into temporary energy storage devices. The products are developed and manufactured in Germany and are used worldwide.