Operate in compliance with Eichrecht
Launch and grow your EV charging business in Germany with AMPECO’s fully compliant management platform.
We enable charge point operators to
comply with Eichrecht regulations
The AMPECO EV charging management platform enables the exchange of charge session data
and provides drivers with accurate meter data, helping CPOs meet their legal obligations.
How it works
Eichrecht ensures accurate and fair billing for end consumers by regulating
charging station measurements and tariffing methods.
The kWh measurement meter for EV charging must be visible to the driver and verifiable on the station. EV drivers can confirm their energy consumption and price through an Eichrecht-compliant app or web interface.
Once charging is complete, Eichrecht-compliant charging stations send signed and encrypted meter data directly to AMPECO EV charging management platform where the data is stored and made visible to the EV drivers.
EV drivers can verify the measurement using third-party transparency software. They can access the Public key along with the encoded signed value in the Session Summary screen in the mobile app and the charging session receipt.
All public and semi-public charging stations must comply with Eichrecht regulations, impacting three crucial areas
Each charge point needs to have a KWh measurement meter that is visible to the EV driver. It must be officially registered and periodically calibrated.
EV drivers should be able to confirm the KWh reading on the charging station (via a display or the actual kWh meter device) and be able to verify this on the e-mobility
app or web interface.
Each step in the EV charging process from the charge point to the backend system has to be compliant.
A digital signature is created with a private/public key pair. The private key must be securely stored on the charging station, while the public key is displayed on site. This public key serves as a means of verifying the authenticity and integrity of the digital signature.
With Eichrecht, tariffs for EV charging are based solely on KWh consumption. Time-based fees and flat-rate session fees are not permitted.
Additional tariffs such as time spent while parking and session fees are allowed but they must be listed separately from the KWh billed on the invoice, ensuring transparency in billing.
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Eichrecht compliance use cases
Home charging with reimbursement
Homeowners that charge their own EVs with chargers connected to their household meters are not required to have Eichrecht-compliant stations.
However, fleet managers that need to reimburse employees charging company EVs at home, must require those employees to charge at charging stations that have MID-certified meters.
If an employer provides charging infrastructure for employees for free, the charging stations do not have to be Eichrecht-compliant.
If the employee, visitor or customer has to pay for charging, the employer must install charging stations that meet the requirements of the Eichrecht calibration law.
Public and semi-public charging
Charging stations at locations where charging happens for a given fee must comply with Eichrecht regulations.
In this scenario, these stations are classified as “public” stations, and therefore, must fulfill all the requirements of a public station, including the observance of price information regulations.
How does Eichrect affect EV charging?
Eichrecht is a German Calibration law that governs the accuracy and transparency of measurements in Germany. In EV charging, this regulation ensures that the charging station’s measurements are accurate and transparent to protect consumers.
Under Eichrecht, EV charging stations must be equipped with an electric meter that is certified and calibrated to ensure accuracy and reliability. The electric meter measures the electricity consumed and determines the amount that the EV driver will be charged. Tariffs for EV charging can only be based on KWh consumption.
Eichrecht regulations also govern other aspects of billing. Charging stations must display prices clearly and provide customers with a receipt that shows the amount of electricity consumed, the price charged, and other relevant details.
How is Eichrecht regulated?
The Measuring and Verification Ordinance (Mess- und Eichverordnung / MessEV) establishes guidelines and standards for ensuring compliance with the Eichrecht regulations. The National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB) is responsible for conducting type testing and pattern approval procedures to ensure compliance. To carry out market surveillance, the PTB has assigned 16 local control measurement offices in each federal state, which work alongside local inspection bodies.
When does a charging station have to conform to Eichrecht regulations?
This is a built-in feature of our EV charging management platform. After each session, an automated receipt is generated. Additionally, we support use cases where a receipt is generated on a monthly or quarterly basis.
What happens if a charging station is non-compliant with Eichrecht?
If a charging station is found to be non-compliant with Eichrecht regulations, the operator may face fines and penalties, and the charging station may be shut down until the necessary compliance measures are taken.
Do Eichrecht regulations apply to private EV charging stations?
No, Eichrecht regulations only apply to public EV charging stations. Private charging stations are exempt from Eichrecht regulations, as they are not subject to the same level of scrutiny and oversight as public charging stations.
Does Eichrecht apply to DC EV charging stations?
Yes, Eichrecht regulations apply to all types of EV charging stations, including DC charging stations. This means that all EV charging stations, regardless of their type, must comply with the accuracy and transparency standards set forth by Eichrecht regulations.
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