Rolec has announced the launch of its new EV GroupManager system, which has been designed to provide full management control of private Electric Vehicle (EV) charging networks. According to Rolec, the EV GroupManager system has been developed to allow the operator easy management of their entire private EV charging network from a single central computerised location.
Cloud Based System
The system operates by issuing nominated EV drivers with their own secure personal RFID card/fob, containing the driver/vehicle ID. The driver then presents their card/fob to the charging point, which authenticates the card/fob and via GPRS, WiFi or Ethernet communicates with the cloud based back office management system, requesting authorisation to initiate the charging cycle.
Upon authorisation from the management cloud, which takes only seconds, charging will commence with the cloud recording the driver/vehicle ID, charging start time, the kWh used and the charging end time. This charging information is always hosted in the cloud and can be accessed at anytime, from anywhere, by the system operator to compile management reports, benefit in kind data and billing information. Kieron Alsop, Rolec’s Managing Director, commented,
“EV GroupManager has been designed to enable private enterprises to have full control over their own private EV charging network and is ideally suited to almost any corporate location – or for housing developments, fleet management, staff vehicles, etc.
The introduction of EV GroupManager eliminates the necessity to engage with the public facing charging networks, which are heavily subscription based and operated via third parties. In effect EV GroupManager gives the operator complete control over their own EV charging network and provides them with the flexibility to accommodate both their own, and their EV drivers’, charging needs.”
The EV GroupManager system is able to manage and control every type of EV charging solution – from 16 amp (3.6kW) through to 32 amp (22kW) SuperFast charging.
A number of additional features have been developed to enhance the EV GroupManager system, including; Electrical load management, which enables the system to manage the EV charging points electrical supply when the total potential electrical load exceeds the incoming electricity supply; Multi Use RFID/Keyfobs allow, for example, access to EV charging points and gate or door security access to parking areas, etc.; EV GroupManager is able to seamlessly integrate its EV charging reports into any third party management system.
Tried and Tested
Although EV GroupManager is only now being officially launched, it has already been chosen by a number of household names as their preferred EV charging network management system. Some of these organisations include Jaguar Land Rover, Loughborough University, HM Revenues and Customs, Battersea Power Station, Farnborough Airport, the NHS, Fire & Rescue Services, etc.