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Everything you need to get started with EV charging

May 10, 2021 | Camille Charluet

To get started with EV charging, your location needs a couple of key ingredients: convenient places for charging ports and access to electricity. That’s good news for site owners like yourself who already possess these assets. More than most businesses, locations with parking spots are already well-equipped to capitalise on the EV revolution.

A complete EV charging solution contains three parts: charging stations, charging management software, and services to keep everything running smoothly. You also need a charging provider with experience helping businesses like yours—one that offers everything you need in one simple package. From flexible charging stations to intelligent software, and professional support and services, EVBox’s end-to-end solutions offer everything you need in one place.

How to choose the right EV charging solution

UK Stations

Not all charging solutions are created the same and it’s important to understand what key features to be aware of before making a purchase. The stations you choose will be a reflection of your brand, so it’s a good idea to pick something reliable, accessible, and intelligent. Here’s what allows EVBox charging stations to tick all these boxes:

Reliable - Our stations are built to last for years to come, flexible enough to adapt and grow as the market evolves, and backed by a support team of industry experts.

  • High uptime
  • Protections (shockproof, vandal-proof, weatherproof, etc.)
  • Support and services
  • 3-year warranty (extendable to 5-year)
  • OCPP compliant (no vendor lock-in or stranded assets)

Accessible - Our stations are easy and comfortable to use for every EV driver, with a sleek design that reflects your brand.

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Multi-language touchscreen
  • Guiding LED lights

Intelligent - Our stations make the most efficient use of your available energy, and enable you to monitor, adjust, and update your setup remotely at any time.

  • Connected with Wi-Fi and/or 4G/LTE
  • Remote maintenance and setup adjustments
  • Smart charging functionalities
  • Remote firmware updates
  • Real-time activity monitoring

See our datasheets for full specs of each product.

Why you need charging management software

EVBox charging management software

To maximise the profit and performance of your charging stations, charging management software is crucial. Charging management software provides a centralised view to manage your charging ecosystem. From setting charging fees to using charge apps and cards to start and stop charging sessions, it’s the software that enables your charging stations to reach their full potential.

From using a turnkey solution like EVBox charging management software to building your own on a white-label platform like Everon, the choice is yours. We offer multiple configuration options, enabling you to easily track, manage, and optimise your charging infrastructure at any time from your mobile or desktop.

It’s also important to note that your ideal solution today may not be the same as what you’ll need in the future. The EV industry is growing fast and you want to make sure that you get a solution that is flexible enough to adapt to your needs. That’s why all of our stations are Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) compliant. The definition of open standards within the EV charging industry, OCPP ensures you can switch your software at any time without having to replace your hardware. So, no matter what the future may hold for your business, you’ll never be locked into a relationship with a single vendor. With EVBox, you always have the freedom to choose the best solution for you.

Support and services every step of the way

Construction workers on a roof

When it comes to setting up your charging stations, it’s important that installation is carried out by certified technicians to ensure that your charging stations are up and running quickly and operating smoothly. It’s also important to have a reliable support team to ensure that your customers are promptly assisted if they face any issues and to keep your stations well maintained for years to come.

To help you with this, our extensive network of expert EV charging installers and technicians provide site owners like yourself with peace of mind in knowing that your EV charging setup comes with all the necessary services, support, and training for optimal operation and maintenance. This includes everything from expert installation to remote technical support, on-site intervention, and ongoing maintenance. Leverage EVBox’s global network of top-tier installation and service partners to turn your business into a premier EV charging location.

Do you know about the funding available? 

There are tons of rebates available right now to help you save thousands on the cost of your charging stations and make-ready expenses. In many cases, these rebates can get you everything you need for free.

In the UK, any commercial location that installs EV charging stations can apply for the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) as a part of the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) grant schemes. The WCS is a voucher-based scheme that subsidises the upfront costs for the purchase and installation of EV charging ports at workplaces. Businesses can be subsidised up to 75 per cent, up to a maximum of £350 for each charge port, for up to a maximum of 40 charge ports across all sites—that’s up to £14,000 in subsidies!

Meanwhile, the Energy Saving Trust in Scotland also provides businesses with subsidies for the purchase and installation of chargers on their sites. The exact financial support and number of chargers that can be subsidised are dependent on the amount and type of company and staff-owned EVs.

On the other hand, the UK government provides tax benefits for business expenditures incurred on charging infrastructure with a 100 per cent first-year allowance (FYA). Combined with the OZEV WCS and the Energy Saving Trust subsidy (if located in Scotland), businesses can greatly benefit from reduced costs in developing a charging infrastructure for their premises.

Check out the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles Workplace Charging Scheme (OZEV WCS), Scotland’s Energy Saving Trust, and the UK’s First-year allowance for charge points scheme to find out more information.

Rely on EVBox as your turnkey partner

Looking for an all-in-one charging solution? EVBox offers the full package of hardware, software, and services so you have everything you need to get started. With over a decade of experience developing charging solutions for businesses like yours, we’re here for you every step of your e-mobility journey.

We’ll work with you to find the right EV charging solution for your business, and ensure that everything is properly installed and maintained for years to come.

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