Smart EV Chargers: Learning from History

Smart EV Chargers: Learning from History

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.

Exceed DC 180/120kw Charger

BENEFITS WITH NOODOE EV OS

Finances

Noodoe EV OS streamlines the financial side of offering EV charging. For example, a connected station handles everything from processing app or credit card payments to automatically transferring funds into the designated bank account. Payments are swift and secure. Noodoe EV OS keeps track of everything so you don’t have to.

App-less Charging

Drivers like that Noodoe EV chargers don’t need an app or membership. Drivers can park at any smart EV charging station, scan the QR code with their phone, and pay through our dedicated web portal. Of course, if they wish to track their usage, they can do so on the Noodoe app. That app, however, is never necessary for charging.
Cell phone paying for EV charging with the Noodoe APP

Self-Diagnostics and Recovery

EV charging stations are technological investments. Smart ones running Noodoe EV OS, however, don’t have to make more work for you. Noodoe EV smart chargers have integrated self-diagnostic and recovery systems. This means the chargers will automatically attempt to fix problems on their own. There’s no need, therefore, to increase budgets for on-site technical support. Noodoe EV chargers help keep maintenance costs low.

Centralization

A smart management system isn’t tied to a single charger. Because Noodoe EV OS is cloud-based, all of the information compiles centrally. The program’s dashboard integrates usage and financial information to help you see historical usage and set your business goals. Understand what’s happening with your deployed chargers without ever setting foot outside.

Other Features

Noodoe EV OS is so much more than just this. This includes smart load balancing to use power intelligently, user and membership management, and optional occupancy fees. Sometimes, it’s the answers to questions you haven’t even thought to ask yet that are the most important!

The Bottom Line

EV charging has developed and changed over time. The chargers of the past can’t stand up to modern smart ev chargers. Connected chargers offer easy finances, information at your fingertips, and driver-friendly features. With all that to recommend them, why settle for anything less?