OEM integration of Smappee’s future-proof energy solution.
Global charging station manufacturer EVBox was looking to bring smart charging to the next level. It was their ambition to let EV drivers connect their charging station to solar power to charge their car in a self-sufficient and eco-friendly way. To do so, EVBox opted to work with a ready-to-use solution from the best-in-class in the field of energy management: Smappee. Smappee not only offered local dynamic load balancing and overload protection, it also offered eco-efficient charging, energy insights, and control over the energy flows. Smappee’s modular setup allowed for quick and easy integration and customisation, enabling a very short lead time to go to market.
Unburdening EVBox and its clients.
Recent reports say the global market of electric vehicle charging infrastructure will reach a market value of more than $140 billion by 2029 with a global population of ten million public chargers and 50 million private chargers. (1) At present, competition between the various providers of car charging stations is fierce. They need to distinguish themselves by being the first to perfect smart car charging, resolving common problems such as blowing home circuits, eco-friendly charging, and the information gap on the charging process.
“Smart EV charging entails that the charging speed and time adapts itself to the amount of available energy in the grid, the requirements of the location/fleet owner, and the needs of the EV driver“, Kristof Vereenooghe, CEO at EVBox said. “Initially, we were looking for a solution that could easily equip our charging stations with the best overload protection in the market. Smappee offered us much more: local dynamic load balancing with energy insights and control that liberates the EV owners from any problems linked to EV charging but also us as a company in getting the solution to the market. Unburdening us and our clients of any worries while charging.”
Quick and fully-integrated development.
Smappee Infinity is the result of extensive and refined development and based on years of experience and feedback from the energy market. “This is how we arrived at a product that is able to adapt to all energy demand scenarios and all applications, both today and in the future”, says Stefan Grosjean, CEO at Smappee. “Our hardware is robust and compact so it can fit in any breaker panel worldwide. Thanks to over-the-air updates, we keep our products future-proof. These features are crucial for global players such as EVBox.”
Future-proof and long-lasting partnership.
The EVBox organisation also had to be brought up to speed on this newly-developed product. Smappee offered various support tools to guide them through that process. Tailored training sessions were planned with both technical and commercial people from within the EVBox organisation. Once the EVBox organisation was up to speed, their support team was able to offer first line support remotely via the Smappee Dashboard. In addition, EVBox customers will always be able to reach their support team via the Smappee App.
“We are convinced that this is the start of a great partnership”, says Stefan Grosjean. “Whatever the change, EVBox will always be able to build on the existing solution, and customers will get over-the-air updates to meet their changing needs as smart charging and energy grids evolve.”
Industry. Electric Vehicle charging solutions
EVBox is the leading global manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations and charging management software. With an installed base of over 75,000 charging points across more than 55 countries worldwide, EVBox drives sustainable mobility by bringing durable electric vehicle charging solutions to the world. Since March 2017, EVBox is a part of ENGIE. In 2018, EVBox acquired ultra-fast charging station manufacturer EVTronic, adding 700 previously installed fast charging stations to its European network.
EV owners worldwide are struggeling with three main issues: lack of insight into the charging process, overload of the electrical installation, and a lack of control over solar energy in order to use it optimally for charging the EV. Therefore, global leading charging station manufacturers are looking for ways to quickly provide their products with dynamic load balancing and upgraded overload protection, resolving these issues.
The new EVBox Smart Charging solution, powered by Smappee, will take EV charging to the next level. By adding a module to the electrical panel that allows owners to safely balance the energy usage of their charging station with other appliances in the building, EVs will be charged more efficiently.
Especially during peak hours, the feature (‘dynamic load balancing’) will avoid overloading the grid and ensure the most efficient use of available power capacity. EVBox Smart Charging+ allows users to connect the solar power they generate to their home charging station, making charging sessions both self-sufficient and sustainable.
– Ready-to-use solution: very short go-to-market time.
– Easy installation: pre-configured, plug and play.
– Customisable: branded packaging, App, tools, etc.
– Tailored training and support tools.
– Intelligent smart EV charging: dynamic load balancing, optimised self-sufficiency, insights in energy flows.
– Added value for EVBox clients: access to detailed energy insights and control over their energy flows.