Need of Smart Application Portal for EV charging station
Charging of the electric vehicle from the grid through integrated control would not only help utilities to manage their Demand Side Management optimally but also backing to match the load to available renewable sources. One example of the ecosystems and operations for PEV Business Model are as per below:
Stake holders - Customer, Owner of Vehicle, Fleet agent, 3rd Party (Manage charging infrastructure and selling), Retailer, Distribution Company, and Regulator
Operations - Managing infrastructure, Charging Vehicle, Controlling of Charging (in most case of charging at home), Data Collection, Payment etc.
Assets - Electric Vehicle, Charging infrastructure, Battery etc.
The Plug-In-Electric Vehicle has going forward as a ready-to store and utilize energy device modeled on the green energy concept. Some of the bottlenecks encountered in this are:
· Real-time access to information on available charging options with differential tariffs
· Remote infrastructure management to control and manage faults while ensuring business continuity
· Limit and Control Access to charging stations, centralized & flexible billing options
· Provisioning stations, hardware maintenance & inventory management.
· Analytics on usage pattern & frequency, system performance & notifications/alerts organized at agent/utility service provider level.
· Standardized network communication protocol & battery charger types
A centralized portal with varied access levels for agents, utilities, end-customers would enable to remotely manage the vehicle fleet and charging station. For flexible billing, time-of-use & pay-per-use based pricing could be configured and displayed across different charging stations. Similarly, alerts/notifications could be sent to site engineers to remotely manage impending defects. Station & vehicle sorting based on type/make/model would enable users to accurately identify nearest & cheapest available options.
The Portal should have following functionalities:
Payment Management: The automation for the payment processing and also enables the service provider to differentially configure pricing strategies. This would facilitate demand management, real-time tracking and preferential allocation of resources. The salient features would be Tariff definition, Automatic Bill generation and payment calculation, increased cash-inflows based on premium service offering and analytics
Operation Management: The real time information of electricity availability needs to be access by charging station agent. The portal helps in tracking the vehicle charging status; fault management and business operations continuity with below features like minimize fault time by accurate reporting of operational failures, number of vehicle charge per point, forecasting of units etc. which can help for day to day operation and future expansion, log and segregate costs by agents, charge stations and subscriber, comparative analysis of performance across charging stations and resource allocation and alerts through SMS and e-mail.
Control Management: Centralized management of the charging station with access control, customized advertisements and analytics of usage data being the key metrics with the features of secured access control for public/private use to control costs, integration with HAN for Demand Response, targeted customized advertising for brand recognition and loyalty and RoI calculation and cost-benefit analysis with station-level usage reporting
Asset Management: A facilitator for identifying charging station locations, remote infrastructure management functions and maintaining smooth operations with the features of provisioning for each station with unique credentials, remote infrastructure maintenance & defect control, record system triggers & notifications and future expansion Opportunities
The Centralize portal for all stakeholders can help to minimize the bottlenecks for day to day operation for electric charging station.