3 benefits of smart charging
“An expensive socket” this is what I heard last week over dinner with friends. Hmm… How come?
There is a bit of misconception about EV chargers. Even though it is an Internet-of-things object, the ‘Internet’ part often gets lost, thus gathered all the smart features in one place so we are clear once and for all.
#1 Energy efficiency
It is a key topic when we discuss the future-proofed charging infrastructure.
- Dynamic Load management (DLM) safely balances energy consumption between your EV, charging station and other devices, thus you will optimally load the power input of your building, which will save you the cost of increasing the input.
- Power balancing ensures that multiple EVs can always be charged, even if the installation has a limited capacity.
- The next step is The Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology, which enables bidirectional charging between electric vehicles and the energy grid system. It has the potential of significantly improving the financial viability of electric mobility as well.
#2 Administration and Maintenance
- Remote tech support gives the most peace of mind as diagnostics can be run wirelessly and in many cases problem may be solved remotely as well
- Charging statistics and patterns can be observed. Valuable even if you have one charging station. For example, you may observe that the majority of charging sessions is completed by the same few drivers, meaning that other drivers simply can’t use your charging station and it is about time to increase the network
- Managing users and their rights. For example, you would like to offer discounted charging for your colleagues, however visitors would be asked a different charging rate. Maybe charging during day time would be reserved for your employees and after working hours open to public.
#3 Collection of funds
EV fleet is rapidly growing, it is expected that over half of all passenger vehicles sold will be electric by 2040.
Having a charging station with possibility to collect funds not only gives an opportunity for extra earnings but also facilitates the development of charging infrastructure.
There are two most popular ways to pay for charging:
- Via Mobile Application
- Using wireless bank card reader