The HBS offers the possibility to flexibly or dynamically price Authorization services. This service is mainly to enable pushing (upload) and pulling (download) of pricing data to and from the HBS through webservice requests and/or through downloads/uploads in the Hubject portal.
The aim of this documentation is to provide partners that wish to implement the service an overview and step by step guide of how to best capitalize on the technical capabilities provided by the service in best practice combination with (and under consideration of) the business restrictions.
Specifically, the aim of the guide is to provide a holistic overview (technical & functional) of how to best implement and use the current service within the framework of the current HBS business contracts process (i.e. use of the dynamic pricing OICP API calls in combination with service offers and subscriptions in the HBS Portal).
As mentioned above, the main business goal of the first version of this service is to offer the possibility to "flexibly" and/or "dynamically" priceAuthorization services. The terminologies "Flexible" and "Dynamic" are specifically chosen to depict the following differentiated functional use of the service:
- Flexible Pricing: enables CPOs to offer differentiated pricing (in multiple currencies) of chargingprocesses at their charging stations. Currently, the differentiation of prices can be done along the following dimensions:
- Charging facility / maximum charging power
- EVSE location
- Dynamic Pricing: In addition to the flexible pricing capability,this version of the service also enables more frequent (i.e. near real-time) update and exchange of pricing information between CPOs and EMPs. From a technical perspective, this is achieved whereby a CPO continuously pushes valid prices to the HBS for specific EMPs to pull these prices. How this capability can be utilized within an appropriate business framework on the HBS is detailed in the section "Sample Use Cases -Dynamic Pricing" below. Furthermore, it is to be noted that the dynamic pricing capability builds on the flexible pricing capability and can therefore be seen as frequent and near real-time exchange of flexible pricing data(based on bilateral agreements between the involved partners).
In summary, the HBS beginning with OICP 2.2 offers an extensive breadth of technical capabilities for flexible and/or dynamic pricing of charging services for CPOs.This documentation therefore aims to serve as a guide for successfully implementing a technically and functionally compliant use of the Hubject dynamic pricing webservice.