Smart charging is combining vehicle, planning, utility information and other data sources in order to increase the efficiency of your charging infrastructure and thus decrease energy costs. Smart charging may also be known as flexible charging, peak shaving, load balancing and intelligent charging. As more operators start to deploy electric buses, and electric bus fleets are growing, charging station telematics become indispensable. Through charging station monitoring and smart charging you can greatly increase the efficiency of your charging infrastructure and lower your peak loads, total energy costs, and required infrastructure.
What is smart charging?
Why smart charge my fleet?
Managing your charging infrastructure is an easy task with smart charging.
There are three main benefits that come with smart charging; easy and efficient scheduling, load balancing, and avoiding peak loads.
- Take away infrastructure limitations
Charging all your buses in the depot simultaneously often requires large, high-powered grid connections and extensive charging infrastructure. Smart charging allows you to control the charging speed of each individual charger. By prioritizing specific vehicles or balancing the available charging power, your charge capacity can remain the same, while your vehicles are still fully charged.
- Efficient and easy planning
Through prioritized load balancing, buses are charged in relation to their schedules and the energy that their upcoming routes require. By connecting your vehicle- and charger data to your operational information, charging regimes become efficient and straightforward. Buses will automatically start -and stop- charging, ensuring you that the buses set to leave the depot first are sufficiently charged at the time of departure.
- Avoid peak costs
At the same time, you can avoid high energy costs when smart charging. When scheduling and managing your charging infrastructure, you are able to avoid charging your vehicles at peak times and exceeding your network operator’s maximum capacity, which will lower your energy costs. Charging speeds are optimally controlled so that buses are always charged, but refrain from exceeding the maximum grid capacity.
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We already integrate with the following charge stations
We currently integrate with a number of charge station manufacturers including ABB and Heliox (integration through OCPP), as well as Furrer + Frey, Ebusco, Opbrid, and Schaltbau (integration through our DataHub).