Can companies and organizations have more than one type of charge station?

Yes. Many companies with charging stations have taken advantage of free or subsidized programs. Organizations will end up with more than one type of hardware and network devices as a result of subsequent purchases from different vendors. Customers might start by choosing one vendor, but if that vendor goes out of business or makes unappealing changes to its network plan, customers will need other equipment and networks that they can use without stranding their current charge station assets. For companies and organizations that find themselves in this situation, EV Connect’s enterprise solutions can help.

Can I become a Management Services client without purchasing charge stations from you?

Yes. No client of ours is one-size-fits-all. Some already have chargers they want to keep using but don’t want to manage or maintain them themselves. Other clients just want chargers and want us to help them determine the best charge station program to meet their needs. Some organizations come to us for the whole package: new charge stations and management services. That’s why we feature resources needed to provide any and all EV charge station solutions.

Can I collect payments from drivers who use our stations?

Of course! The price you charge is completely up to you. We have clients who don’t charge at all because they want to make EV charging a benefit to their employees or constituents who drive EVs. Some charge just enough to recoup their electricity costs while others charge a premium in order to generate revenue. We help clients manage their services in order to establish pricing policies configured to meet their objectives.

Can my organization switch EV charging networks?

Absolutely. The number one way to lower your total cost of ownership (TCO) is to avoid replacing charging station infrastructure. Once your service contract is up, you can switch networks. There are other proprietary networks that are only open to charge station manufacturers but lock you into a contract with them for their network. With us, however, we guarantee you can switch networks.

How can I increase my EV charge station ROI?

At EV Connect, we make world’s most flexible electric vehicle (EV) charging network and cloud-based integration and application platform. That flexibility ensures our customers get the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and the highest return on their EV charging investment (ROI). Everything we do is focused on those two areas.

To learn more about how you can maximize your return on investment, check out our white paper, “Your ROI Is at the Center of Everything We Do.”

How many charging stations will I need?

Every business and government agency needs to ask themselves this question from the start, At EV Connect, we help organizations meet demand while lowering costs and increasing ROI.

One charge station manufacturer has been quoted as saying a company should have a 2:1 driver-to-charger ratio. Their solution to increased EV drivers and charger demand is for you to buy more charging stations. We take a different approach. With our flexible and open network and our collaborative planning for the future, we’ll make sure you can cost-effectively add charge stations, and only do so when it’s absolutely necessary. We’ll also offer you tools to help drivers efficiently utilize a limited number of EV charging spaces.

What brands and levels of chargers do you offer?

We all want choices, which is why we make it a priority to offer a wide range of levels 1 and 2 charge stations from the top charge station manufacturers. Please contact our sales team for more information.

What is Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP)?

OCPP is an internationally-established open protocol for the communication between EV charge station hardware and charge station networks. In other words, it operates like a cell phone service provider.

Some leading EV charging companies that make both charge stations and network operating software say that their network uses “open protocols,” but in some cases, that isn’t true. If a network is truly open, you should be able to switch network providers without replacing your charging stations when your contract is up. It makes sense when you think about a consumer product analogy: Would you buy a television set that only worked with one particular satellite or cable service provider?

For more information, please read our whitepaper about OCPP.

What is the price for charge station installation?

The price of a charge station varies depending on electric infrastructure need and layout of the site itself. When your charge stations can be grouped together, it is less expensive for networking and getting electricity to the stations. Their location also affects any cement and asphalt work, which can elevate the price. You can learn about your specific installation requirements by taking advantage of a free site assessment.

Which charging stations are the best?

We get that question all the time—and we’re glad we do! We don’t make chargers, but we can offer the advice needed to find the best solution for your organization. We won’t be able to give you a detailed answer to that question, however, until we get some information from you and do a free site assessment.