December 31, 2015, 9:30 PM
With the fast acceleration of electrified vehicle development, more and more people are thinking of ways to make the switch to plug-in vehicles affordable, which right now involves a big up-front investment in equipment.
In addition to the purchase that requires a premium over a comparably-sized and style of vehicle, there is the cost of a home charging unit to reduce charging times, and those costs rise exponentially when a fleet of vehicles is converted over to electricity.
So California company EV Connect — a leading provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for commercial, enterprise, hospitality, university and government facilities — is proposing taking on some of those costs of ownership by providing EV charging as a service.
Dubbed EV Charging as a Service (EV CaaS), it involves a complete on-site assessment to evaluate the needs of the owner/fleet operator. Upon approval, the company will obtain the necessary equipment and arrange installation and system set-up, including all necessary software to monitor and run the system.
The company says it can manage all aspects of the charging station and service around the clock, including driver support, station management, and reporting. For infrastructure related to public use, EV Connect can also handle payment options and systems. The installed system can also be upgraded with custom branding and enhanced software.
Control over charging functions can be handled by various operating systems on computers, tablets and Smartphones, depending on the level of service subscribed to.
Based on the type of station desired (wall mounted, pedestal, WiFi connected, etc.), EV CaaS prices range from $99 to $199 (U.S.) per month, with upgrades naturally driving the price up.
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