The modern history of EV charging may not be long. But like most modern technology, it’s a short ride with many stops along the way. These include stops for the original dumb chargers and ending up with modern, smart EV charging solutions. These stops aren’t just new products. They’re totally new evolutions in how we charge! The EV charging market is developing all the time. While it may not be necessary to be a first adopter, it is incredibly important to know about the changes. If you want to survive as an EV charging service provider, it’s the only way to keep up to date and ahead of the competition.
GENERATION 1: PLUG IT IN!
The first generation of EV chargers was little more than a box that moved power from the grid to the vehicle. No interface. No fees. There wasn’t even a way to pay fees for charging! (Well, you might refuse to turn on the charger unless someone handed you some cash, but that’s beside the point.) These chargers are sometimes called “non-connected” or “dumb” chargers (in comparison to connected smart chargers). Think of them like flip phones from the early 2000s. While they got the job done, they did so without any of the conveniences of modern charging stations.
GENERATION 2: CHARRRRGE IT!
The second generation came with real improvements, financially that is. These pseudo-connected stations could finally charge money for their services. They had built-in card readers that allowed providers to exact fees for charging services. That said, they were anything but smart. No central system runs them, and users have only one option for paying for charging fees. From the perspective of an EV network operator, these chargers are basically electricity vending machines.
GENERATION 3: BEAUTY AND BRAINS
Generation 3 smart EV chargers (particularly those with Noodoe EV OS) offer incredible improvements for both EV drivers and service providers. For drivers, modern stations on a robust operating system allow options for payment (credit card? Apple Pay? Google Pay?). They also deliver timely text messages when charging is complete and can connect to an app that tracks usage over time.
For service providers, the benefits are even greater. Like connected smartwatches or smartphones, smart chargers track and centralize data and information for network operators. If the charger uses the best management system, operators can also access benefits the earlier chargers couldn’t have dreamed of.