TIPS & TRICKS

5 tips for charging an electric vehicle more easily

The technical aspects of electric vehicle technology may discourage private and public players who want to shift to carbon-neutral energy. As the European specialist in electric charging for corporate customers, Mobilize Power Solutions offers a range of services designed to make rolling out a fleet of electric vehicles easy.

New charging points, prepaid badges, data… learn about Mobilize’s tips and solutions for more easily charging your electric vehicle anytime.

Tip 1: set up profitable charging points at your office building

For a private or public player, it’s difficult to know where to start when it comes to installing or improving a network of electric vehicle charging points. Mobilize Power Solutions makes it easy for its clients by installing charging points and then maintaining them over time to maximize its performance. Its offerings are tailored to each situation to prevent unnecessary over-investments.

For example, Mobilize Power Solution’s teams have installed charging points on all Renault Retail Group’s sites. “With our expertise, we’ve been able to cut the project’s installation costs by 40%,” explains Nicolas Schottey, Executive Manager of Mobilize Power Solutions.

For existing charging points, an audit makes it easier to understand user needs and adjust the parameters of the points so that they match the users’ technical characteristics. An enlightening statistic: 40% of the charging points audited by Mobilize Power Solution’s teams have proven to be non-compliant.

Mobilize Power Solutions manages the turnkey roll-out of all the charging points, as well as maintenance and operation of the charging service, including of the existing equipment. The audited charging points become 15% more profitable, on average, as a result.

Tip 2: opt for easy-to-use charging points

Driving an electric car is really nice. But plugging it in to charge the battery can be kind of a hassle. Mobilize Power Solutions is there to make this experience as simple and easy as possible,” explains Nicolas Schottey.“We aim at providing cheap and easy-to-use charging points. The objective is to meet the “right needs” of our customers. It is not necessary to go towards the recharging technology race, but rather to focus on simplicity of use.”

Mobilize Power Solutions meets the charging needs of company vehicles, whether on business premises or elsewhere. For employees who are not often at the office, such as sales staff, businesses can turn to Mobilize Power Solutions to offer charging solutions adapted to each employee’s home. “We also need to find smart solutions for installing charging points at the homes of employees who may move or change companies”.

Tip 3: analyze the data to improve charging infrastructures

Mobilize Power Solutions also analyzes needs and prospective studies for municipalities. For example, the Versailles area wants to promote sustainable transportation within its borders.

In this framework, officials provided Mobilize Power Solutions with a study for a mapping of needs in terms of charging points and for an evaluation of residents’ interest in car-sharing by 2025. “Our algorithms allow us to process many types of data, such as the number of charging points the area already has, and the ones that are used the most often. Then we analyze these results using our extensive expertise with usages.

For Versailles, we took into account neighboring towns to place charging points in outlying areas. A user who picks up their vehicle in front of their home may need to be able to park near their office in the next town,” says Nicolas Schottey.

By mapping out in great detail the area covered by Versailles, Mobilize Power Solutions was able to recommend the installation of 180 recharging stations, along with recommended locations, between now and 2025 to facilitate the population’s shift to electric transportation, especially in residential areas without many mass transit options.

Tip 4: a dense network of charging points on public and internal roads

Today there are nearly 300,000 electric charging points across Europe. And by 2030, this network will become even denser. Although it’s increasingly easy to use a charging point, it isn’t yet quite the same as flicking open an “instant up” tent when you get to a campground. Newcomers to electric vehicles always have the same questions. Can I use any of the chargers? How do I pay? “ We offer our corporate customers a prepaid badge that they can use to charge their vehicles at any of 200,000 stations – the largest charging network in Europe. With this badge, their employees who drive company cars, or their customers when it’s a rental situation, can charge their vehicles on public roads without having to create an account on an app,” says Nicolas Schottey who himself drives an electric car every day.

Tip 5: can electric vehicles be charged using solar energy?

Mobilize Power Solutions is also striving to make the energy consumed by electric vehicles even greener. The brand, which operates in the major countries of Europe, is already able to connect the charging points to photovoltaic energy in France, Belgium and Germany. Therefore the points set up on business premises are powered by an increasing share of green energy. As Mobilize sees it, the key to success is an easy-to-access and increasingly carbon-neutral form of transportation.