A comprehensive EV charging business consists of many parts. There’s the platform for remote management, energy management solutions, services for EV drivers, payments and invoicing tools, roaming integrations, and more. But there would be no EV charging business without one thing: EV chargers.
EV CHARGERS, FIRST AND FOREMOST
The Announced Pledges Scenario, an ambitious scenario predicting the future of the EV market, talks about 270 million EVs roaming the roads globally by 2030. According to IEA, if we want to support this growth of the EV stock, charging infrastructure needs to increase more than twelvefold by the same year. In simple terms, we need more chargers.
EV chargers are a crucial part of the e-mobility wave countries worldwide are currently jumping on.
But there’s more to it than solely ordering EV chargers from a manufacturer. The whole process of getting your chargers up and running could look something like this:
- Negotiating with several vendors about technical specifications.
- Ordering the chargers and managing their delivery and pre-configuration.
- Managing the logistics to get the chargers from the vendor to a warehouse and to your site.
- An EV specialist and an electrician must handle the EV charging station installation process.
That’s quite a handful.
But that’s not where the work ends. After the chargers are installed, charging station management, maintenance, and failure management, is all on your shoulders.
LET US TAKE CARE OF THE COMPLICATED
We know the process we just described sounds like a lot to handle. And it is. For that reason, we’ve created an integrated hardware process where we take care of the complexities for you.
This process consists of four simple steps:
- The order is created for you based on the volume framework contract.
- Your chargers are delivered to your site just in time for installation.
- Any electrician can do a plug & play installation at your site.
- After the chargers are installed, we manage the chargers’ lifecycle; warranty handling, maintenance, firmware updates, uptime SLA and technical support are all taken care of.
ADVANTAGES OF AN INTEGRATED HARDWARE PROCESS
The main advantage of the integrated hardware process is the responsibilities we take off your shoulders and the time you save by letting us handle the complicated.
Yet, there are other important aspects of getting your chargers from Virta that shouldn’t be left unnoticed.
Smart pre-configured chargers
Virta chargers come automatically pre-configured and with smart charging capabilities built in. What is smart charging, and why is it important, you ask? Smart charging allows you to monitor, manage and restrict the use of your chargers to optimise your energy consumption. And you can do all of that remotely through a charging platform to which all your chargers are connected.
Energy management services
Managing all your energy needs is easy when all your charging stations come armed with smart energy management services. Lucky for us, our society runs on more and more renewable energy. Unfortunately, renewable energy production can be quite imbalanced since we can’t control the sun or the wind.
Energy management services are an intelligent way to optimise your energy consumption to match the volatile electricity supply. And in addition, it can save you a bunch of unnecessary costs.
Make the chargers your own
Imagine that you have EV chargers in your business's parking lot. When your EV driver customer arrives at the parking lot and spots your charger, what do you want them to notice first? Your business’s brand, of course. The EV charger logo and colours can reflect your own brand for EV drivers to see even from far away.
Virta chargers are available as co-branded or fully branded, depending on your business’s specific goals.
THE PERFECT CHARGER FOR YOUR NEEDS
Not only are there many different brands of EV chargers, but also different types. What differentiates them from each other is the type of charging they are best fit for.
To start with, we have standard charging or slow charging. These chargers are AC chargers with the power output up to 22 kW. For charging an electric car at home, at a workplace or in places like hotels, simply in areas where one can leave their car charging for over two hours, AC chargers are the way to go.
Then, we move to DC chargers, aka fast chargers. Here, we still have two types of DC chargers – fast and ultra-fast charging. Fast DC chargers with the charging power ranging from 50-150 kW will best fit restaurants or retail and grocery stores. You want the charging time to be faster than with AC chargers, but you also want to keep the EV drivers on site long enough to do some shopping. Fast DC chargers will charge a battery in the span of 0,5 to two hours.
Last but not least, we have ultra-fast DC chargers, where the charging power ranges from 150-600 kW. And the charging time will take less than 30 minutes. You’ll find these chargers alongside highways and at petrol stations. The EV driver can have a quick coffee and be back on the road in minutes.
Do you want to do some more reading on AC and DC chargers? This blog post summarises everything you need to know about chargers and their EV charging capacities.
Check out our dedicated guide if you want to learn more about building an EV charging business.