As sales of electric vehicles (EVs) exceed commercial expectation, we can now imagine EVs overtaking ICE vehicles within a few years. To support those vehicles, large businesses will need to change the way they think about EV charging infrastructure, from planning around anticipating demand and the ability to manage power supply, there are many variables to how to achieve the most favourable outcomes.
In fact, the need for charging capacity, which can scale with the growth of EV adoption is now so urgent that in December, the European Commission published a plan including clear direction for the future of Europe’s infrastructure. Among this is a requirement for infrastructure to be interoperable, more transparency around pricing and payments, and intelligent recharging which provides additional flexibility to the grid, there are many of these same improvements now being adopted by organisations here in the UK however these numbers are still not optimal to reach the expected 2030 UK emission targets.
So how will this be achieved in a conventional business setting where power demand is already reasonably high?
Ecosystems, not just devices.
In light of various new technologies, the UK government states that the future of charging infrastructure is about more than just installing EV chargers. The most successful charging initiatives will be those that take this big picture into account, seeing charging as an ecosystem of technologies and services that support each other to produce a cost-effective, easy-to-manage, future proof solution.
When we think about charging as an ecosystem, we think software, integration with business requirements will provide optimum results, it is about how users can access it, about long-term support for maintenance and upgrades, about the broad range of business models which charging can operate within, about how the system can scale up to greater demand in the future, and about how the charging solution interacts with the grid allowing for maximum power with minimal constraints.
For businesses that are scaling up from a few chargers or are offering charging for the first time. By focusing on designing for future growth, implementing smart solutions at your site and managing energy usage, businesses can build a clear vision that makes the task more enjoyable and implementation less stressful. We are at the cusp of an electrical revolution, if you need information to make the change, it is readily available.
The benefits of ecosystem thinking.
The consultancy group McKinsey recently published a report outlining how tens of millions of charge points and hundreds of billions of dollars in investment will be needed by 2030 to meet the demand for charging. Businesses have a vital role in this and have a lot to gain from EV charging. Charging can provide corporate EV fleets a lower total cost of ownership than the ICE powered alternatives, attract customers with on-site charging and reinforce a company’s green brand image by supporting the EV revolution. There is no need to re-invent the wheel, only the opportunity to expand on what already exists.
Thinking of such high-level investment requirements, we need to make sure that we build solutions for the long term, as retrofitting systems (as McKinsey highlights) is significantly more expensive than planning ahead. To do that planning with confidence requires deep experience and thinking that is one step ahead of today. VOLLT is here to provide you with that future proof design utilising a full ecosystem approach.
One of the key USPs for smarter EV solutions is focusing on the data, we can deliver real-time/live data simplifying the charging experience and ensuring full transparency and software management. With integrated onboarding and customer service, we can help create a great driver experience. Businesses need to be ready for growth in EV drivers, so we make sure that their infrastructure is scalable and adaptable, and our open platform connects to other back-end systems to offer adaptability as needs change. From commissioning sites to preparing for growth, we’re here to help.
The way forward for business charging.
Planning for a manageable, flexible, scalable charging ecosystem means that businesses will be able to not just keep up with but get the most out of the EV revolution. In the future, as EV usage grows, we will need smarter charging solutions that can adapt to the power available in a building and support the grid as it shifts towards renewable energy. VOLLT provides solutions like over-the-air updates which will expand what the charging ecosystem is capable of.
Installing charge points as though they are isolated devices will not meet the needs of businesses or drivers in our EV future; if we plan them as an ecosystem, we can create a smarter, cleaner energy future.
If you would like to learn more about charging for businesses, from basic principles to maximising return on investment, Getting Started with EV Charging.
The Future is in your hands.
My guess is that everyone with a conscience will hasten the push for lower greenhouse gases (GHGs) and harmful emissions from transportation. To decarbonise and embrace the EV revolution, companies must think deeply about their strategy as a key part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & Sustainability agenda. Success starts with reviewing what employees and customers want within an EV ecosystem and designing a future-proof EV solution, which grows as deployment increases. Selection of the most efficient and reliable charging infrastructure from a daunting plethora of options, designed and installed by specialists is critical.
Then comes choice of back-office software to manage charger access, optimise power, manage payments, and automate maintenance. Not forgetting integration with national fuel cards to enable drivers open access to public charging infrastructure for the ultimate convenient 24/7 EV solution.ion, whether it be a small organisation with a dozen vehicle or a large company with 1000s, as a civilisation we are all in this together. As we’ve seen time again throughout this crisis, we have noticed that as we are returning to the new
The source of EV charging energy must be considered, be it a green energy contract or to generate on site. And finally, deciding on a capital funding strategy accessing and selecting the operating finance model to make it all pay. To win at the EV game, companies must design a total EV enablement ecosystem using experts – miss any part of the jigsaw and an EV strategy will fail.
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