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The Power Of EV Charging
HOW IT WORKS
There are a wide range of smart chargepoint options available, each with different features and functionalities. Smart charging allows you to set your charging preferences, which may include:
Desired charge level: the battery level you want to charge your vehicle to.
Charge-by time: the time you want the charge level to be completed by.
Minimum charge level: the minimum battery level you don’t want your vehicle to fall below. A vehicle will ensure the minimum battery level set is met before optimising the rest of the charging, so the vehicle will have enough charge in case of an emergency.
EV SMART CHARGEPOINTS
The smart chargepoint sends these charging preferences via Wi-Fi, ethernet or 3G/4G/5G to a centralised cloud-based management platform. It will use network signals to monitor and manage charging to optimise energy consumption and ensure all your preferences are met.
It is possible to override smart charging as and when you need to. Simply plug in your EV and opt to immediately charge at that time, instead of waiting for an optimised charging time.
What you’ll need to get the most out of smart charging
While different chargepoints may have different features, this is what you’ll need to get the most out of using a smart chargepoint:
EVs produce no emissions when being driven, and the electricity used to charge them is increasingly being generated from renewable sources.
In the future, smart charging will also increasingly be used to charge your EV when renewable energy is more abundant on the grid, such as after windy or sunny periods. This would help reduce carbon emissions further.
WHAT IS SMART CHARGING?
Smart charging is a safe and convenient way of charging your electric vehicle (EV) at times when demand for electricity is lower, for example at night, or when there is lots of renewable energy on the grid.
Charging during these off-peak times not only reduces costs for EV drivers by using cheaper energy rates, but also helps to prevent unwanted intervals of really high demand for electricity from the grid.