The future of mobility with electric vehicles
Innovations in the charging station sector are creating a new era of mobility driven by operators who need better control of their facilities.
Ensuring safety and reliability, meeting environmental regulations, controlling costs in an energy crisis, and managing energy use are shaping the electric vehicle (EV) revolution as it matures. Critical to this new era of mobility is the creation of scalable and adaptable solutions that benefit users by enabling reliability, peer-to-peer roaming and simplifying cross-border travel. These are key to shaping the future and success of electric mobility, but how do you best design them?
Nowadays, you don’t have to go far to find an electric car. The world’s roads are seeing more and more electric cars, and our online orders can now be delivered with a zero-emission vehicle. Charging stations installed on streets, in parking lots or around workplaces are common and can be counted. On a political level, the EU recently decided to ban all new sales of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and vans by 2035, and some countries like Norway plan to do so as soon as 2025. Discussions The ban on all sales of internal combustion engine vehicles continues.
A growing number of e-mobility incentives and subsidy programs across industries are making it easier than ever to transition to an electric fleet or implement an EV charging strategy as a business. Along with government support, EV charging is simply good for business.
So what does the future of e-mobility and EV charging look like? Where do modern EV drivers charge and what are their needs? What is the best way to approach electric charging as a business?
- The future of e-mobility is software
While dedicated (fast) charging stations are suitable for certain situations such as long journeys or a fleet of heavy electric vehicles, AC charging is the ideal solution for everyday driving.
The main reasons for this are convenience and affordability. Electric vehicles are usually parked for long periods of time – 95% of the time for the car (usually at home or at work). It is logical that the filling should also take place at this time. At home, AC grid chargers can help EV drivers take advantage of off-peak electricity rates or charge a schedule. Likewise, EV drivers expect charging facilities to be available at their workplaces. Therefore, employers can offer EV charging as an incentive or perk for employees while making their charging stations available for a fee or to other groups of drivers outside of business hours.
In other words, EVs are charging while people are doing other things. And because they’re faster than regular Level 1 outlets, AC chargers can service more cars per day. AC charging is also economical to deploy, compatible with all EVs and attractive to customers. These features make AC chargers suitable for a variety of businesses, from workplaces and residences to municipalities and retail. Organizations across all industries have the opportunity to attract customers, reduce emissions and lower traditional fuel costs by participating in the new and expanding electric fueling network.
The growing number of electric vehicles raises questions about access to and availability of chargers. “Will I find an available charger when I need it?”, “Will it be busy if I go to X charger?” questions like or “What to do if the charger does not work?” increasingly common among drivers.
Advanced on-board charging stations are a must for the modern EV driver. Network charging solutions have great advantages for both drivers and charging station owners. With built-in charging, drivers can be sure they’ll always find a place to charge using real-time data and advanced features like a waiting list.
As EV drivers become more savvy and EV charging operations expand, smarter charging technologies are needed. Charging station owners need to have a complete view of their assets – it is increasingly important to regularly check the status of chargers, perform remote diagnostics and increase charger uptime. All of this helps operators increase employee satisfaction and revenue by serving more EV drivers.
- The future of e-mobility is limitless
The more experienced EV drivers are, the further they want to go. Concerns about autonomy and the possibility of reaching the destination with an EV are no longer relevant. EV owners and drivers understand the capabilities of their vehicles and are confident in their lineup.
This means they are no longer limited to short trips. As charging networks expand and technology gets smarter, electric driving is becoming an increasingly common option for long journeys. EV drivers cross European borders and roads, which means they need a reliable solution to support their international journeys. All-in-one charging solutions with extended networks are needed to enable drivers to cross borders without fear of their limits.
- The future of e-mobility is integrated
Driver experience must be at the forefront of the future of e-mobility. With the generalization of filling, more and more inexperienced users will encounter it. It’s important to offer an easy way to master the charging experience by offering large screens in multiple languages.
The future of e-mobility is now, and we can’t wait to see where it takes us.