Understanding Your Network Interface to
Streamline Your EV Investments

Many electronic vehicle makers include on board technology, which enables proper network communications and metering.

These network systems maximize EV station access by offering a process where drivers can locate and run through designated EV parking spaces.

Allowing state-of-the-art EV interfaces to assist both drivers and EV hosts preserves not only the purpose of the network but can help maintain consistent use of your EV investment.

Cellular Network Functions

Communication between cars and the available EV parking spot occurs through a cellular network that alerts drivers to station locations within public areas through the driver’s on-vehicle systems or smartphone apps.

Below is a list of generic EV station functions that communicate through this type of network:

  • On-vehicle systems to parking space sensors
  • Searching locations of EVSE via grid maps
  • Connecting drivers to a payment network
  • Confirming driver to their vehicle
  • EV station communication to primary host/operator/facility manager

As popularity increases within the EV market, future developments include more accurate built-in sensors to determine EV access.

Utility Communications

Most stations have integrated payment technologies that communicate with a utility grid to measure and meter electricity used.

This utility communication enables payment for publicly-accessible EVs that track usage and bill drivers by accepting fees through its network, connecting to the back-end billing

Throughout each of these communication areas, data collection might be required and improve your EV systems and can help to understand more about the EV charging demand.

However, to sustain accuracy, such communications will need to involve a constant development of business models that requires drivers to swipe an access card that links the service charge to the driver’s account.

Also, meter conversions are easily adaptable and traceable to the flow rate of electricity to the station, so hosts and facility managers can detect when grid loads are high and when rates peak the most during certain times.

Currently, not all networks are compatible with this process, but again, improvement in utility communications will improve overall efficacy and ease of use.

Mitigation Through Network Highways

EV stations are network highways with electrified passages that help extend the effective battery range of your vehicle.

Using these networks can mitigate emerging issues for many EV drivers. Systems like alerts and other exchange-based methods can improve efficient access to publicly-accessible charging spaces.

When enforcing network-based communications, it can avoid physical, regulatory enforcement—a more costly tactic for local authorities in charge of ticketing and towing and facility site owners.

For example, as a substitute for implementing parking ordinances, your EV station network can alert prolonged parking and use by automatically charging additional fees to the charging time, limiting interactions between EV drivers and the unit’s host or facility manager.

Since EVs are new emerging technologies for many clients and portfolios, charging networks are currently experimenting with more options. For sure, EVs are a convenient platform for communication via smartphones and built-in vehicle technology.

Still, this type of technology depends on network access in all locations. Hardwiring and wireless network connections may require additional special equipment and installation specialists to bring these networks remotely or for indoor scenarios.

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