- In the next decade, over 170 million electric vehicles (EVs) are expected to be on the road
- To meet the coming need for charging stations and electricity, EV Connect is proactively leading this transformation
- By working with electric utilities, EV Connect links all parties from EV drivers to utilities and brings simplicity to the EV revolution
About EV Connect
EV Connect is home to the most innovative, robust, and feature-rich, cloud-based software platform for managing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The world’s largest companies ranging from enterprise, to hospitality and retail, to universities and government facilities, leverage the EV Connect platform to bring simplicity and flexibility to their personnel. As the demand for EVs surges, so does the need for charging stations and the electricity to fuel them. The number of EVs on the road is expected to increase from 3 million in 2017 to over 170 million by 2030. The energy required to support this unprecedented fuel transition is expected to exceed a staggering 500 terawatt-hours of electricity, compared to less than 10 terawatt-hours as of 2017. To deliver this energy to individual cars, the number of charging stations must grow exponentially as well.
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) found that most utilities are not prepared for the load of EV fueling at scale. However, utilities that proactively lead this transformation will reap the benefits of higher revenues from EV electricity demand, greater rigid stability, and overall better customer experience. There are a number of business models to choose from when deploying an EV charging network for customers: full ownership, make-ready, or incentive-based. The EV Connect platform makes these and derivative business models simple so that individual utilities do not have to become software companies and spend millions of dollars developing and testing complex software platforms.
EV charging will place untold new demands on the electric generation and distribution systems. Through EV Connect, electric utilities will have detailed insights into when charging loads are most pronounced and how much electricity they have to provide during those times to avoid disruptions to the energy grid. To ensure that utilities have this insight, EV Connect works with utilities to find organizations and businesses that join and participate in transportation electrification programs. By working with electric utilities, EV Connect uses EV Cloud to close the loop on EV charging, linking all parties from EV drivers to utilities, and enabling utilities to centrally manage EV charging loads according to the demand on the grid at any given time.
In 2019, EV Connect partnered with multiple utilities including Detroit-based DTE Energy to provide technical expertise surrounding EV network management and fleet deployment for participants of various programs. Under DTE’s “Charging Forward” program, EV Connect empowers Michigan residents to realize the full benefits of EVs by producing business opportunities and jobs for charging network operations, improving the EV ownership experience for EV drivers, and efficiently integrating EV charging loads with DTE electric distribution systems.
As consumers, we can enjoy the vast diversity of options offered by a competitive market as long as those options do not make life difficult for users, operators, and utilities. The EV revolution is at risk of becoming an unmanageable failure if the industry does not build a streamlined, efficient, and effective user experience from drivers to utilities. EV Connect is doing just that.
EV Connect won the Gold Stevie for Energy Industry Innovation of the Year in The 2020 American Business Awards®.
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