Ultimate Guide To Implementing EV Smart Charging In OCPP Applications

Looking for a comprehensive guide to electric vehicle smart charging for charging point operators? You’ve come to the right place!

Let’s dive in and take a detailed look at EV smart charging, how it works, the benefits, and how you can apply it to your charging point operations.

What is smart charging for electric vehicles?

The best way to describe smart charging is to start with normal charging.

Normal charging involves EV drivers plugging their vehicle into any random charge point. The charge point provides maximum charging power until the EV battery reaches 100% SoC, and then it automatically stops the charging process.

Smart charging, on the…

CV Phase of electric vehicles and why does it matter

Everyone who has charged an electric vehicle at a fast charging station knows the problem…

The first 80% is extremely fast, and the remaining 20% seems to take forever.

Also, the typical car manufacturer’s claim that you can charge 50% of your vehicle in less than 30 minutes is misleading. Strictly speaking, it may be accurate, but the second 50% will take much longer.

But why?

The simple answer is: because of the constant voltage phase (CV phase).

But, maybe you’ve noticed that Tesla cars seem to struggle with these issues less than other manufacturers.

Is it true? Why is…

mixing AC and DC charging for fleet vehicles

In the last article, we explored the difference between AC and DC charging.

We concluded that a small number of fleet operators would benefit from implementing all AC chargers or all DC chargers, but most companies need a mixture of both.

In this article, we’ll quickly refresh your memory on AC and DC chargers, and the pros and cons of each, before moving on to investigate how to implement a mix of the two effectively.

What is the difference between AC and DC charging?

Charging electric flett vehicles with AC or DC power

There’s no doubt that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a big problem in the modern world. They have been linked to a general reduction in air quality and climate change.

Transportation is one of the biggest culprits. Approximately 30 to 40 % of all greenhouse gas emissions in large cities are caused by combustion engine vehicles.

30 to 40 % of all greenhouse gas emissions in large cities are caused by combustion engine vehicles

That’s why science advisors and governments around the world are pushing for the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). …

Logistics is getting more and more complex

Globalization, international trade agreements, just-in-time production, same-day-delivery…

It all adds up to a headache for logistics companies. To cope, some companies have given up on concepts like same-day delivery. On the other hand, to stay competitive, others are moving towards 30-Minute Delivery.

Gartner says that rapidly evolving customer expectations, as well as new technologies, are the main reasons why business leaders are outsourcing more and more logistic activities to third-party companies.

What is a 3PL?

Electric Fleet Depot Charging for Busses by using smart charging like ampcontrol
Electric Fleet Depot Charging for Busses

2021 is going to be a big year for the electrification of transportation.

Already, there has been plenty of positive news in the media.

For example, GTT, a transport operator in Turin, announced a deal with BYD, a Chinese bus manufacturer, to deliver 50 new electric buses to Italy.

This is just one small example of how cities and transport organizations are looking to electrify their fleet.

Another example is Amsterdam airport, where they have begun to operate 100 electric buses, offering clean rides for passengers from the terminal to their airplanes.

Of course, all this is great news for…

Electric middle mile logistic center with ev fleets
Electric middle mile logistic center

The massive growth of foreign trading and globalization has created a rapid expansion of the logistics market in recent years. It is now at an all-time high.

Virtually every country and state in the world has an import and export market, with the shipping of goods between continents more commonplace than ever.

Additionally, domestic deliveries have increased through internet e-commerce, with people expecting food and goods delivered quickly and efficiently. 1 to 2 days has become the expected delivery time, but many logistic services struggle to keep up with this demand. …

The Electrification of Fleet Vehicles will Accelerate In 2021
Electric Trucks

Let’s face facts.

Internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles are going out of fashion. The reason?

Automobiles are responsible for huge amounts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

In the USA, approximately 30% of GHG emissions are caused by ICE vehicles. The problem is that the US economy relies on trucking. Alternative transportation methods such as trains are not feasible due to their size and infrastructure requirements.

It’s no surprise to learn that trucks are the main contributors to global GHG emissions. But is there a way to change this picture?

Yes. Things are changing.

Between 2020 and 2030, market forecasters predict…

API interfaces for electric vehicle fleet operation
How important are APIs for the electrification of fleet vehicles?

The world of electric fleet management is a diverse one.

Fleet managers that oversee partial or entire fleets of electric vehicles face different sets of challenges depending on the operation of their fleet, routes, and maintenance requirements.

For instance, many fleet managers need to keep track of driving mileage (or kilometers) and schedule drivers on the right vehicles at the start of a shift. For a fleet of any size, this can quickly become a nightmare to manage.

The challenges faced by electric fleet managers can appear to be entirely disconnected. A diverse marketplace has grown that offers solutions to…

How to oversubscribe electric vehicle charge points (EVSE) on breaker panels with load management
How to oversubscribe electric vehicle charge points (EVSE)

Let’s face it — for many people, when it comes to charging electric vehicles, there is a whole lot of confusion.

When it comes to installing electric vehicle charging equipment, there are many things to plan and consider. For instance, you’ll need charge points, branch circuits, circuit breakers, and more.

Then there’s the issue of responsibility. Who is actually in charge of electrical systems? Who is testing the hardware and setting standards for “behind-the-meter” installations?

The good news is — it doesn’t need to be confusing.

This article will help you cut through the information overload out there and answer…

Joachim Lohse (CEO and founder of Ampcontrol.io)

Founder and CEO of Ampcontrol (https://www.ampcontrol.io/) an AI-powered software for smart charging for electric vehicles.

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