Electric vehicle (EV) chargers are no longer the passive devices they used to be. With the rise of smart EV chargers, intelligent networked charging becomes possible, ensuring load management, making billing easier and smoothing maintenance cycles. However, it’s not just an opportunity for EV charging businesses. As EVs continue to represent a larger portion of corporate vehicle fleets, fleet managers will need to assess their options as EV charger installations begin to roll out across global business premises.
There are three communication options to consider when connecting EV chargers to your charging management backend. These are cellular, Wi-Fi and Ethernet / LAN.
Ethernet provides highly stable and secure data communications, yet the cost and complexity of running, tracing and fire-proofing cables limit its feasibility. Wi-Fi is readily available on almost every commercial premises but depending on the WLAN infrastructure, you may have little control over the connection quality, experience unexpected network outages, and even lack of coverage.
When you choose cellular connectivity, all these problems go away. Fleet managers can ensure the EV charging network is separate from the local Internet infrastructure, eliminating unreliability as well as security concerns.
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