Published: 14 Jun, 2022
A study done by Statista Mobility Market Outlook reveals that EV charging stations will generate revenue of around 1.54 million U.S. dollars by 2026. You can make life easy for EV drivers by developing EV Charging Apps and capitalizing on this growing market. An EV charging app facilitates drivers to find nearby EV charging stations, know the type of EV charger/connector a station supports, check how good they are, start/stop the charging, reserve the slot to save time, etc.
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Before we move on, it is worth mentioning the impact of EV cars on our environment.
There is a 50% reduction in carbon emission with electric vehicles. CO2 emissions per gallon of gasoline are 25 pounds, whereas emissions for 10 KW hours of electricity are 12.2 pounds. Emissions are lowered further, down to 95%, when solar generates electricity.
In this blog, we will talk about features, working (specifically the communication protocol) and list some EV charging apps that are innovating in this space and making the whole process of charging your EV smooth and trouble-free.
The EVSE ( Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment), part of the charging network, is the charging dock which provides electricity to the batteries for recharging. These are connected to an electricity grid and a CSMS. Some of the major charging networks are ChargePoint, EVgo, Elektromotive, Volta Charging, etc.
CSMS (Charging Station Management System) is the back-end that is the actual brain of any charging network. It allows monitoring and controlling charging loads, generating tariffs, and creating reports. On the user-interface side, it will enable locating the nearest charging station, reserving a charging dock, etc.
Now, certain EVSEs are locked in with the specific CSMS and network provider. Consequently, that network provider can raise fees anytime. If the hardware manufacturer halts its business, your whole charging station will stop as you cannot move to different hardware or software.
To solve this issue, an open-source protocol, OCPP (Open Charge Point Protocol), was created in 2009 by Open Charge Alliance. It is an application protocol for communication between EVSE and back-end CSMS. The goal is to make any EV charger work with any management system. Currently, not all EV chargers and CSMS support this open-source protocol.
Actions performed by OCPP include:
Going for OCPP-compliant hardware and software introduces standardization, provides flexibility, lowers the cost, and on the whole, makes the EV ecosystem smooth, which then makes it more lucrative for people to run electric vehicles.
Plugshare is a free EV charging app available for android, ios as well, as web. It helps users find charging stations and connect with other EV drivers.
Size: 14 MB
Downloads: 1 million+
Chargemap is another community database comprising a collection of charging stations for EV drivers. One Chargemap Pass is sufficient for all stations. It works with zero subscription, and you pay for whatever you consume.
Size: 9.6 MB
Ev plugs is another ios, android and a web-based app. It is a free and user-friendly application. According to the co-founder and chief executive of EV Plugs, there are 1000 charging stations across 60+ cities in India.
Size: 10 MB
The world’s leading EV charging network provider-ChargePoint has over 225,000 ports accessible by roaming globally and 163,000 activated ports. The ChargePoint app helps you find ChargePoint stations and many more stations from partner networks and allows you to check if they are available to start charging.
Size: 31 MB
EV Connect provides EV charging management software with quick response and cost-effective tools. As the name suggests, it connects utilities, businesses and organizations, charging stations, and drivers.
Size: 10 MB
EV is the future. But EV chargers are unevenly distributed in the United States; currently, the US has about 37 ports for every 100,000 people. So, scaling the network of charging stations is quite crucial now.
People will need not only snappy EV apps to support charging stations, but they will demand it to be super intuitive and offer them comprehensive features. With the rise in IoT technology, we can further polish apps to facilitate more usability.
Connect with our mobile app development company to develop an excellent EV charging app.
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