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EV charging management as a catalyst for success

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Our CRO, Maarten Plesman, presented at the digital Power2Drive event back in June. We’ve learned a lot from his presentation about “EV management platform as a catalyst for successful eMobility business”, here's a recap:

eMobility in the past, present and future

In the last decade, there were a lot of hurdles and questions around the uptake of eMobility. Battery range was considered bad, costs were high and the availability of attractive cars was low. That's why many drivers chose to go for a PHEV rather than a BEV and as a result growth remained within the passenger vehicle sector.

At this moment, we see those barriers are clearing, resulting in other segments picking up e-mobility such as mid or heavy duty vehicles, cargo shipping and more. There are also more high power charging (HPC) stations available.


 

The eMobility market is expanding and we see the shift from fuel cars to EVs is accelerating from 2025 onward. However, in the past couple of months COVID-19 did have an impact on the EV sales. Not only did the sales and shipments of EVs drop, figures also relating to charging behavior dropped to 30% of the normal level. We are happy to see that these numbers are now going back up towards 60 – 70% and the damages caused by COVID-19 could be fixed within a year.

EV charging behavior

Looking at charging behavior, we see that EV drivers mainly charge at home today. 60% of charging sessions happen at home, workplace charging comes in second with 20%, while public and destination charging are the least popular options (both 10%).

By 2030, we will see a gradual shift towards public as well as destination charging and less home charging. While the ratio of work and home charging vs. public charging is 80/20 now, this will change to 65/35 in the next couple of years.

The shift towards public charging has impact on the utilization of charging stations. For instance, in the last two years we moved from 5 to 7 EVs per charging station on average within Europe. Additionally, Belgium and the United Kingdom have a larger number of chargers per EV, which means their stations are used more efficiently.

As the number of EVs on the road increases the demand for more charging stations will increase. In 2030 there will approximately be 56 million AC charging stations and 5.2 million DC chargers worldwide!

EV charging management as a catalyst

EVs are on the road for a reason: to transport people packages or other vehicles. We believe it’s important to get to know the use of a vehicle to understand the ecosystem it operates within. Besides that, there are two other factors to keep in mind:

  1. The driving and charging behavior

  2. Electricity demand needed to charge the vehicleIf you look at a charging management platform and translate these requirements, there are a few things that need to be taken care of, such as the platform scalability; hardware compatibility; roaming; smart charging; language and currency adjustments; CRM and IT systems integration; financial tools settlement; infrastructure privacy and security.

As you can see, there are a lot of different dependencies that need to be managed. Doing this effectively means you’re a catalyst: you’re able to put a vehicle on the road and ensure it performs the job it came to market for.

Everon believes it’s not just about the EV or charging because EV charging is a small element of someone’s business in a different existing industry. It shouldn’t be a stand-alone industry and it shouldn’t be separated from all other ways of doing business. Rather, EV charging has to fit in with everything that is already happening. That’s what Everon does. 

Sources for the statistics used in this article can be found in the webinar recording.