There are many benefits to buying networked charging stations. In the United States and Canada, some local utilities, cities, states, and provinces offer rebates to businesses that buy smart stations. Some companies are adding electric cars to their corporate social responsibility programs. What ties these rebates and CSR plans together is the need for an EV charging network.
One of the benefits of choosing networked charging stations is the ability to monitor their usage. An EV charging network not only enables load management capabilities, allows station owners to manage access and pricing, and shows drivers live station status, but it also helps station owners calculate ROI. Whether your property is participating in a grant program or simply wants to tell investors about your corporate sustainability, here are a few options for your SemaConnect reports.
Station Usage Reports
One of the most important questions is, “How often are my charging stations used?” After all, you want to know if your employees and tenants are aware of and using your stations. On the right, you’ll see an example of an EV charging usage report. Whether you want to view station status by month or year, you can see how often your property’s charging stations were Offline, Idle, or In Use. You can also view usage patterns. Some property managers worry about drivers plugging in their vehicle and not returning when their battery is full. You can see how often a station is actually charging a vehicle. You can even view the times and dates when your stations are most popular!
Cost and Revenue Reports
The second most important report helps you determine your property’s revenue. Unless your stations are connected to a solar roof with a battery, your property probably pays the local utility for electricity. This is why many station owners charge drivers for energy or usage. If your property is located in a state that allows you to charge for energy, you can set a kWh fee at or above your own electricity fees. If your state does not allow you to charge for energy, you can set an hourly rate that exceeds your costs. Your cost and revenue reports can help you determine the best fees for your charging stations. And when you need to report your energy consumption or revenue, you can easily access those numbers.
Finally, the SemaConnect Network offers reports on your property’s sustainability. Electric cars do not produce emissions, so supporting them means that your clients have more of an incentive to go electric. That leads to less CO₂ emissions on your property! Download reports on fuel displacement, carbon offset, and energy consumption at your property.
How to Use Your EV Charging Reports
Once you know how your charging stations are being used, you can make informed decisions to better manage your EV charging program. If your drivers tend to leave their vehicle plugged in after they’ve completed charging, you can add a penalty fee to your pricing policy, thus encouraging them to move their vehicle after charging. If your charging stations are in high demand, you can add additional stations to support more drivers. If you manage a public parking lot where the clientele is different in morning versus night, you can implement a Time of Day pricing plan to attract more customers. And, of course, if your shareholders want to know how many people charge at your property, you have that data too.
The SemaConnect station management portal makes it easy to generate reports on your property’s charging stations. All you need to do is log into the Network. Ready to learn more about adding smart charging stations at our property? Click here to get started.