EvoCharge, a maker of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and cable management solutions, announced April 20 it has entered into a preferred network partnership with Chargie and its affiliate PCS Energy to provide complete electric vehicle (EV) charging services.
Using a combination of EvoCharge EV charging equipment, Chargie networked software and PCS Energy installation and maintenance services will make it easy for property owners to benefit from offering EV charging to residents, visitors, customers and employees. Chargie software and EvoCharge hardware are tightly integrated and OCPP certified to work together reliably to maximize charging efficiency.
“Electric vehicle charging stations were once considered an optional amenity,” said Zach Jennings, founder and CEO. “In many parts of the country, multifamily housing developments are now required to include EV charging spaces. Many existing businesses and residential complexes are opting to retrofit parking areas with EV charging stations to retain residents, reward employees and attract customers.”
Access to charging at home and work is considered a requirement by the growing number of EV owners. Chargie takes an integrated approach to meeting that demand, providing turnkey services that make EV charging simple for property owners, managers and drivers. Chargie handles everything from installation to network management and customer care, including applying for rebates and incentives from utility companies. Because the Chargie team has years of design and installation experience and knows how to navigate utility incentives, in many cases property owners pay zero upfront to get Chargie stations.
“EvoCharge’s networked charging stations support true open protocol network standards, allowing us to work with open protocol network providers such as Chargie and provide a tightly integrated charging solution to benefit property owners and EV drivers," said Josh Kiewic, vice president and general manager of EvoCharge.
Smart chargers, such as those offered by EvoCharge, use electrical local load management (LLM) features to avoid peak utility demand charges. With EvoCharge’s capabilities, significantly higher densities of EV charging stations can be installed using a building’s existing electrical capacity. Power can be distributed equally across all electric vehicles being charged or it can be distributed based on a first in, first served system. This capability maximizes the number of charging stations that can be installed on a given property and avoids cost-intensive increases in connection capacity, while preventing peak loads that often result in higher electrical charges.
The Chargie management platform makes it easy for property owners to quickly manage their entire network of EV charging stations. They can monitor usage, bill users and control maintenance from a user-friendly dashboard. Chargie’s mobile app makes managing charging sessions and seeing past charges intuitive for drivers.