Pros of Building Your Own Charging Network
Your own charging network gives your business total control over power management. You can control your EV chargers manually, through automation, or through a software platform such as Future Energy’s Interface™. Interface is a software interface that connects all of your business systems. You can visualize, control, and manage all your chargers across many sites from one centralized dashboard.
In fact, Future Energy can help you design algorithms to manage energy use throughout your business, ultimately saving costs and distributing power to match your business use case.
And because the EV charging network communicates wirelessly, you can access Interface from anywhere, at any time.
Cons of Building Your Own Charging Network
Your own charging network requires intensive planning and forethought. To optimize power management, your business will need to plan carefully to match power management with your business objectives.
Design of Your Charging Network
Your business use case determines the design of your charging network. Future Energy can show you how to aggregate groups of chargers so that they contribute to a single load capacity. Meanwhile, other charging groups can operate independently.
For example, a dealership may prioritize charging EV inventory. In that case, Future Energy helps design your EV charging network so that as your business approaches peak load, the system caps your inventory chargers last. Perhaps you network your public-facing chargers separately so that the system caps their charging capacity before minimizing power to business-critical operations.
Because EV drivers are looking for something to do while their car charges—eat or shop, for instance—your EV chargers can attract business.
In addition to attracting customers, EV chargers can help build loyalty. You can offer coupons or loyalty programs to EV drivers. Customers will understand your business not only has reliable EV charging, but also offers them value beyond a place to charge up.
Integrating National Networks
As a partner, your company would appear on the EV charging app for the network, creating increased visibility:
ChargePoint is the largest EV charging network in the US, with more than 68,000 locations. In fact, Future Energy uses ChargePoint chargers as part of the turnkey EV charging environment ChargeParc™. ChargePoint chargers integrate fully with Interface and are fully customizable to your brand.
Volkswagen established a public EV charging network as part of its diesel emissions settlement with the government. Electrify America plans to install more than 10,000 chargers in the US and Canada by 2026. In March 2022, Electrify America announced further initiatives to enhance the customer experience, such as lounges and overhead canopies. Plus, some stations will offer valet charging and curbside delivery.
Many original equipment manufacturers are teaming up with third parties to build EV chargers. For example, General Motors is building thousands of DC fast chargers in densely populated areas. The idea is to serve residents of apartments or condos who might not otherwise have access to home charging. Also, Porsche has plans to create a network of 500 charging stations across North America to support its new EV lines.
Who Can Help Me Understand EV Network Charging?
There will be 22 million EVs on US roads by 2030, the Edison Electric Institute predicts. They will require 100,000 fast-charging ports to support them. This need is a primary reason why you need network charging. Contact Future Energy today so that we can help uncover the value for your business.