What's the best way to ensure that e-mobility is a success at the company? A structured, well-planned and cleverly implemented charging infrastructure for cars, e-bikes and e-scooters!
Charging infrastructure at the company: powering sustainable success!
E-mobility has not only changed the way we think about transport. It is also changing the way we refuel. Charging infrastructure for electric vehicles allows you to set up an in-house power network that can do more than just get your fleet rolling.
What is charging infrastructure?
Charging infrastructure provides the facilities necessary for recharging for electrically powered vehicles and transport equipment. Depending on the type of drive, this infrastructure consists of charging points with alternating current or direct current, which are either stationary units or connected directly to a power socket.
The type, location and number of charging points must be carefully planned and connected to suit the vehicle fleet, and will entail a fundamental rethinking of your energy and fuel management system. While this initially means higher investments, the charging structure is, first of all, eligible for subsidies and, secondly, this changeover will, sooner or later, become unavoidable. After all, the future belongs to the electric motor.
What is smart charging infrastructure?
E-mobility is not only helping to revolutionise our carbon footprint, but is also opening up previously unheard-of networking potential for optimising processes. Smart charging infrastructure can be controlled remotely using mobile devices, and can use smart charging management systems to offset any peaks in the grid. Moreover, smart charging stations allow you to keep records of all consumption and time data, which can also be optimised directly in the charging management software.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of mobile and stationary charging stations?
Stationary charging stations provide the power and constant current needed to fully charge your cars and vans. This makes them the backbone of the company's charging infrastructure, and should be given priority when planning the infrastructure.
Mobile charging stations are more compact and less expensive, and can be plugged directly into a normal mains socket by the user. Their capacity is limited, but sufficient for in-house transport equipment, such as company bicycles. They are not suitable for your fleet of passenger cars, even though there are models that, much like a power bank, can coax a few extra kilometres out of the motor when you're out and about.
Generally, smart charging infrastructure is based on both models. It's also always worth remembering that company vehicles with electric motors also require charging infrastructure at your employees' homes, depending on the hand-over agreement.