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Invest in Smart Charging?
For businesses looking to develop an EV strategy from the ground floor up, standalone EV charging station hardware may initially seem like the cheapest solution for your business, however just like smart phones, the software will become obsolete as the industry develops even further and you will be left with “dummy chargers” that don’t utilise extremely beneficial functions like load balancing or setting charging prices. That is until the unforeseen costs of networked smart solutions begin racking up and you left where you started, wondering how to efficiently charge your vehicles.
To be a contender in the market you will need to consider the following:
Not being connected to a network means your chargers are invisible to customers and drivers, either from our VOLLT mobile app, third party sites or, increasingly, GPS navigation apps such as Google Maps. You might not think that is a big deal if you’re offering charging as an employee or customer benefit instead of using it to attract customers but are you playing at the same pace as your competitors?
Employees commuting to work in an EV want to know they’ll be able to charge once they get there. Networked charging solutions provides knowledge to drivers when a station is available and, with some services on the VOLLT network, allow them to queue via an app, so they can fully charge when the car in front of them has finished charging. This can be an especially useful feature in businesses with limited parking.
We are in a world where EV driving is becoming the norm and the car of choice due to benefits and incentives to drivers. We need to encourage staff and visitors of charging etiquette to empower multiple users to benefit from your infrastructure. Smart Solutions such as the VOLLT App allow you to charge penalty fees for individuals parked in an EV charging bay and not charging their vehicle and as an included benefit, our customer app sends notifications to users to ensure they are aware their charging is complete. Bet you could not do that with your standalone charger?
Networked EV charging stations aren’t only better for drivers—they offer businesses a tonne of cost-saving and operational benefits. Station owners receive automatic updates with the latest features, can anticipate problems before they arise and grant or deny access to certain drivers or groups. With the VOLLT App, you can even program your chargers to take advantage of off- peak utility times, which saves on energy costs while allowing you to charge more vehicles with the same amount of electricity. The VOLLT App platform gives you all the functionality without compromise to ensure you are on track to drive into the future confident in your network.
The lack of reporting features alone should disqualify standalone stations from serious consideration for most businesses. Smart solutions generate reports covering everything from station utilisation and energy use to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions avoided and more. The data collected by networked stations helps teams justify sustainability investments and prepare future growth plans. Did I mention they are a necessity for OZEV and EU grant funding? In order to capitalise and deliver accurate figures to calculate your ROI for EV charging ensure your charger also has a MID meter. This level of accuracy and reporting will ensure you are well equipped for changing tariffs, increasing your charger numbers and ensuring you are in complete control of you networked solution.
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.
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.
In the age of decarbonisation and the irresistible tide to electrify mobility, VOLLT provide a total solution to make EV enablement a source of enduring competitive advantage.
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