EV Charging stations are a vital element of the future of electric driving. The global EV charging station market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 32.5% from 2021 to 2028, reaching €135.5 billion by 2028.
Everything is connected
EV charging stations are not only computerized but also connected. Over-the-air updates keep your charging station secure and easy to use. Under the simplicity we see on the surface, there are multiple factors and elements to be designed and considered. The relationship with the surrounding infrastructure and the environment must also be considered – like safety and customer experience.
There are many current and future challenges that EV charging stations face. A flexible design, that allows an easy redesign or new design is a must. This allows companies to adjust to customer demands, as well as rules and regulations.
Creating a futureproof solution that offers a sublime customer experience is the goal you should strive for. A simple, yet amazing GUI offers your customers a positive experience. By integrating user design in your GUI customers are able to easily use charging stations.
Dynamic load balancing can be used to prevent overcharging and ensure that all the connected EV’s have access to enough power. These EV charging stations monitor the total electricity demand and adjust the charging speed of the EV accordingly. This helps to prevent the electrical system from being overloaded, which can lead to power outages.
Smart charging extends IoT technology further into vehicles by connecting charging points with the drivers and system operators. The cloud-based management platform monitors the charging stations. Based on information it receives about the attached vehicles and the capacity and load of the local grid, algorithms finally control the individual charging stations.
The cloud infrastructure enable the end users to stay informed about the charging process through apps and automatically ty-in the payment operators to control public charging access.
When looking at the entire EV charging infrastructure, one can observe that is consists of many different devices from different manufacturers. They all gather, process and pass along personal data through the internet one way or the other. Privacy and security are perhaps more important than efficient load balancing.
Leading the way
EV Charging trends we expect to see in the near future:
- Wireless charging: Wireless charging technology allows EVs to be charged without having to plug them in. This could make charging more convenient and accessible, especially for people who live in apartments or other multi-family housing units.
- Bidirectional charging: Bidirectional charging technology allows EVs to not only receive electricity from the grid, but also to send electricity back to the grid. This could be used to help balance the load on the grid and to provide backup power during outages.
- Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) integration: V2G integration allows EVs to be used as distributed energy resources. This means that EVs can be used to store and deliver energy to the grid, which can help to improve the reliability and efficiency of the grid.
Logic Technology is familiar with the EV market. Providing manufacturers of charging stations and cloud infrastructure with the right development tools and software to efficiently develop, test and certify their subsystems:
- Small, industry grade computer modules for charging station allowing for differentiation in performance, power and price whilst keeping development costs low.
- Optimized control software for charging and metering systems maximizing reliable datamanagement.
- Flexible GUI design tools that decouple firmware development from User Interface design, allowing easy white labelling.
- Software test and certification tools increasing software quality and productivity.
- CI/CD process optimization tools and true build time optimizing software.
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