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Providing new data feeds to ABRP

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Here in Australia we have been slow on the takeup of EVs, but now there are several networks popping up.  However apart from the Tesla superchargers, none of them appear in ABRP.

I've added a couple of stations near me to OpenChargeMap, but I'd like to contact the networks that operate them, to ask them to make their location information available in a format that is useful to OCM and ABRP.

A couple of questions:

1) What is easier for ABRP?  For the data to be provided to OCM (and then ABRP gets it from there) or to be provided to ABRP directly? 

2) What do I need to tell these organisations?  What formats etc?  (Bearing in mind I'm as much a stranger to these organisations as I am to ABRP - I can't get the data myself or help test.) 

The organisations (all in Australia) are:
- Queensland Electric Super Highway - a government funded and operated network of 18 DC fast chargers (50 kW) in Queensland.
- NRMA Electric Vehicle network - a state motoring organisation which is funding and operating over 40 DC fast chargers (50 kW) in New South Wales (12 built so far)
- Chargefox - a charge network operator which, as well as already operating many AC and 50kW DC chargers, is building a network of 22 ultra-rapid (350 kW) charging sites across the country (3 built so far)
- Evie Networks - a charge network operator which hasn't built anything yet, but are also planning ultra-rapid (350 kW) charging sites across the country

 

 

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Addendum to this:

I’m happy to create a Google Sheet with the relevant site details if that is a quicker way of setting this up.  I just need to know what fields are required and in which order.

(Then later on as the relevant companies/government departments make their feeds available, a more long term synchronisation method can be set up.)

 

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The best way for us to get data is via OCPI, it's already adopted by a number of networks, and provides us with  a standard way to retrieve charger information:

https://ocpi-protocol.org/

We're already working on some neat features that are somewhat dependent on OCPI's capabilities, like incorporating live status (like redirecting you around an in-use charger) in our routefinding.  All stuff we're tinkering with in the background but can only be done with an interface like OCPI.

Any kind of API is workable, though, so long as we can query it and display the data to you!

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Thanks Jason!  One of the organisations I've mentioned, Chargefox, is experienced in running EV charging stations so I expect they'll want to do something like this.  I've logged a request with their support team.

Of the others, the Queensland one is run by a government department and their chargers aren't managed from what I can see (they are free and not part of any charging network).  They might not have the resources, or if they do, it might not be a priority for them.  The NRMA network is kind of in between the two (they aren't an EV charging specific organisation, but they are taking a greater hands-on approach).  Would the simple Google Sheets option be better for these locations?

Any comments on "data provider to ABRP" vs "data provider to OCM to ABRP"?  Obviously any site info that goes to OCM just flows on to ABRP without any effort from you, but are there any benefits to the provider interfacing direct to ABRP?

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12 hours ago, chuq said:

Thanks Jason!  One of the organisations I've mentioned, Chargefox, is experienced in running EV charging stations so I expect they'll want to do something like this.  I've logged a request with their support team.

Of the others, the Queensland one is run by a government department and their chargers aren't managed from what I can see (they are free and not part of any charging network).  They might not have the resources, or if they do, it might not be a priority for them.  The NRMA network is kind of in between the two (they aren't an EV charging specific organisation, but they are taking a greater hands-on approach).  Would the simple Google Sheets option be better for these locations?

Any comments on "data provider to ABRP" vs "data provider to OCM to ABRP"?  Obviously any site info that goes to OCM just flows on to ABRP without any effort from you, but are there any benefits to the provider interfacing direct to ABRP?

Google Sheets would be easy enough to implement, @Bo (ABRP) already did that once for the Tesla CCS plugs in Europe.  Not ideal, but workable.

We always prefer primary sources for a number of reasons, generally the data is more thorough, and up-to-date (Prime --> OCM --> ABRP induces some lag).  It's also generally more trustworthy, though it should be the same data, we've had a few oddball cases.  But if -->OCM is what they're willing to support, then we're happy with whatever we can get.

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Thanks Jason,

I've created a Google Sheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1A6jrzPsrrUyWzEQ4HVpoaHK85cK3un0auG1b5Gc85NA/edit?usp=sharing

Note that there is a second tab "notes", which contains some general background info.  Specifically I've provided the plug data in two formats: Columns J-M and N-Y.  Please let me know which of these formats works best for you (or something else entirely).  Also if there are any more fields that you need.

I'm also sharing this spreadsheet link with a few EV community groups for their comments, as noted on the "notes" page.

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Sorry for the delay, I just added an import function for your chart. Please check if data is what it should be and if we could add any more relevant info!

The import happens daily around 23:00 UTC.

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Thanks @Bo (ABRP) - that is brilliant!

The only issue I can see so far is that some of the chargers already exist (from OCM) and so naming consistency is a bit off.  I'm guessing existing stations take priority?

If I update columns in the spreadsheet, will it overwrite?

Which columns are you using for connector info?  J-M or N-Y?  I provided both because I wasn't sure which was best for you, but they provide the same info in two different formats.  I can remove the unused columns.

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I am using N-Y since that also conveys other charger speeds than J-M (you have 100 kW, for example). But the parsing is quite hard-coded, so please don't remove any columns without warning me, it will break the import. 

Any updates will overwrite, and yes, other databases typically take priority so far.

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Hi Bo,

I just wanted to say thanks for doing this - I've been updating the spreadsheet as new chargers come online and it's been working really well!

A comments and a request:

  • I'm planning on reusing columns J-M for other things.  Don't worry, I won't shift/rename other columns!
  • Is it possible for you to only import the rows which have "Operational" in column A?  At the moment I have two separate sheets in the workbook, "Data" for Operational, and Coming soon" for In progress or Speculation.  Both sheets have the same layout and I'd like to put all on the same sheet, but have ABRP only import the "Operational" ones!

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On 8/27/2019 at 10:41 PM, chuq said:

Is it possible for you to only import the rows which have "Operational" in column A?  At the moment I have two separate sheets in the workbook, "Data" for Operational, and Coming soon" for In progress or Speculation.  Both sheets have the same layout and I'd like to put all on the same sheet, but have ABRP only import the "Operational" ones!

Hi @Bo (ABRP) - forgot to tag you before - any chance of this change being implemented?

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