Noodoe University: Charging for Charging

Noodoe University: Charging for Charging

Monetizing chargers is an important issue that we hear about from many customers. How do I charge drivers for powering up? Do I have control over the pricing at my charging stations? What choices are there for measuring that price? Are there ways to incentivize charging at my location? Is changing the pricing for my chargers easy? 

These are important questions for any business owner, especially one who’s investing in a new piece of their business. Thankfully, the answers are simple and straightforward. Let’s dive in and take a look at the different ways of charging for use at any charging station running Noodoe EV OS.

What do I measure for pricing?

The heart of any Noodoe charging station is its operating system. As with a computer, the hardware components are only as powerful as the software running them. With that software, there are a few ways to set and charge end-users for charging up their EV. Noodoe EV OS’s centralized pricing management feature allows site owners to set pricing for all of their stations either by energy (kilowatt/hour) or by time (charging session length).

How much should I charge?

Prices for EV charging vary somewhat depending on your location. For example, what counts as a thoroughly reasonable price in San Francisco is quite different from that same number in St. Louis or Edinburgh. If you’re unsure how much to charge, you can do your own market research (look around at what other businesses in the area charge) or reach out to a Noodoe expert who can help.

Can I change pricing throughout the day?

Noodoe EV OS has built-in management features that allow operators to set their desired pricing schedule. This could mean discounted weekday pricing to entice daily drivers or higher prices during energy peaks. Create the pricing schedule that makes the most sense for your business and your location. When it comes to setting with peak hour pricing, you can set it and forget it! The system will create a new schedule for your pricing and follow it, so you don’t have to remember to change the prices every day or even multiple times per day.

How do I offer deals or discounts?

The Noodoe EV OS Applications Library gives station managers flexibility over how their chargers operate. EV charging stations are both excellent sources of revenue and excellent ways to market your business!

Since long ago businesses have offered discounts for special guests and specific purchases. Now, you can do the same with your EV charging stations. Noodoe’s Discount Code App gives business owners and site hosts the ability to offer discounted charging to any customer with the code. Increase foot traffic by placing the code inside your location. Encourage minimum purchases by printing the code on any receipt that totals above a certain amount. Send the code out as part of an email or traditional paper mail marketing to entice EV drivers to visit your site. The sky’s the limit!

Enable the Access Code App to control access to your EV charging stations. This code acts just like a Wi-Fi password, granting charger access to anyone with the password. Use this code to only offer charging to VIP customers or to those who have already made a purchase. Change the code monthly, weekly, or even daily to make sure your chargers are only open to those to whom you wish to offer charging.

With the Voucher Code App, EV station managers can offer single-use codes that can be redeemed for a single charging session. Give the codes out as part of a promotion or sell them as part of an on-site event. These codes are especially useful as additions to promo bags for exhibition goers or attendees at networking events. Once drivers receive their voucher codes, they can start their charging session. However, those voucher codes expire 12 hours after activation, meaning they’re only good for a single session.

Is there a way to control who can charge?

In this case, the station manager is looking for Noodoe’s User Management system! Drivers can create a user profile that includes all important information – such as name, phone number, and vehicle information. This profile becomes the virtual membership card stored in their Noodoe App, which gives them access to charging at your charging stations. Members need only use their app-based membership to activate the charger and begin charging. Station managers have a few options for how to charge drivers for powering up their vehicles, giving everyone flexibility to create a system that works best for them. This system is an amazing way to offer exclusive charging to tenants in multi-family dwellings or to workers at office parks.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to managing and operating your EV chargers, Noodoe wants nothing more than to make everything easy. We work hard to empower businesses to take control of their operations. If you’re looking to take control of your stations and make the most out of them, you must be looking for Noodoe!