There are easy ways to do things . . .
and there are hard ways to do the same things.
Henry Ford took the easy road when he launched the Model A. You could buy a Model A Ford in any color you wanted as long as that color was black.
President Kennedy did not take the easy road when he set our sights on the moon. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do other things,” he said, “not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”
We choose not to take the easy path at EVauto. The easy path is charging management software that only runs in the cloud, supports a single charger manufacturer, and only handles one communication protocol. The easy path establishes charging patterns at the time of installation and does not adapt for facility power usage, available alternative energy sources, utility Demand Response programs, or the impact of severe weather.
Instead, we chose the hard path.
The hard path provides charging management software that can be customized to your needs. We choose to do this, even though it makes our upfront cost more expensive than our competitors, because your EV fleet charging needs are not the same as everyone else’s.
We chose this path because your best charging infrastructure solution may involve both fast chargers and slow chargers. This gives you the flexibility to charge different vehicles in your EV fleet at different speeds based on your needs. It also gives you the flexibility to adjust charging speeds when power outages disrupt your normal charging cycles.
We walked away from the one-size-fits-all approach because your EV fleet may grow over time. When your EV fleet expands, you may need more chargers, and you shouldn’t be locked into chargers from a single manufacturer. Or chargers that only use the same communication protocol as your existing chargers.
Why does that flexibility matter? Because technology marches forward and no one charger manufacturer has a monopoly on innovation. The best chargers for your needs a year from now or three years from now may come from a different company than the one you buy your initial chargers from. Or a new and better communication protocol may be developed and adopted by the industry.
You don’t think that can happen? When was the last time you used ASCII? Or wrote code in Extended Basic?
We chose the hard path, the customizable path, because utilities are facing increasing customer demands, demand that puts a strain on their grid. To reduce demand, utilities are deploying a wide range of time of use tariffs, peak demand charges, and Demand Response programs which lower your electricity rates if your charge management software can shift your power usage to off-peak periods. We designed EVauto software to shift your power usage to take advantage of utility tariff programs automatically.
We went down the hard path so you can take advantage of those Demand Response programs and reduce the cost of charging your EV fleet. We engineered EVauto software so you can take advantage of those programs automatically, without spending scarce man-hours constantly monitoring your utility for program notifications.
We chose a custom approach instead of a cheaper one-size-fits-all approach because down the road you may add onsite power generation. And if you do, you shouldn’t have to replace your charging control software to accommodate your new onsite power source. EVauto can adapt to the addition of onsite solar or battery storage and seamlessly shift the source of your charging power when it makes the most economic sense.
Change is inevitable.
Having to replace your charging management software every time you make a change to your EV fleet charging infrastructure isn’t.
We took the hard path because we want you to have a long-term solution that adapts to every option you choose as your EV fleet grows.