AECOM launches electric vehicle smart charging management system
ITS (UK) Executive Member AECOM has signed a memorandum of understanding with electric vehicle (EV) charging technology firm Zapinamo to launch a new smart system for fleet and infrastructure owners to manage charging in the most energy efficient and low carbon way.
The EVC Enterprise solution enables owners of EV fleets and owners of charging infrastructure from any manufacturer to monitor how much electricity is being used and when, as well as the energy source used. Owners can ensure they are meeting carbon reduction commitments by using renewables, whilst integrating the management of this new technology into their Enterprise Management Systems software.
Energy costs can be managed more effectively by co-ordinating chargers and charging cycles across multiple locations and user groups. This will enable firms and organisations to better control the balance of cost of energy from different sources with convenience, demand and emissions.
Zapinamo provides the technology which makes all this possible through the certification of the energy source and communication with any charger at any location through its OCPP2.0 standard compliant charge station management system. AECOM brings its energy systems knowledge and will be responsible for integrating the solution into clients’ EMS.
The client’s user groups can include fleet, staff, public, visitors and contractors depending on the nature of their business and their needs. Cost capture or payment processing is through either a single contactless payment card or by ISO15118 vehicle recognition.
All users of the system receive dynamic visualisations which lay out their energy and carbon use. Machine learning can be applied to the results to help further reduce carbon and consumption.
AECOM director of Zero Carbon Energy Systems Sam Mackilligin said: “We’re going to see a rapid transition to electric vehicles and the benefits these bring through the reduction in carbon emissions can’t be compromised by inefficient energy use when vehicles are being charged. Organisations and businesses will be increasingly accountable for their emissions and this system enables them to make smart choices around decisions such as where they buy energy from, what power they use, and what time they charge. Clients can accurately measure, manage and record carbon consumption, whilst reducing overall energy costs and use.”
Zapinamo chief executive Ian Stillie added: “Energy and transport remain major contributors to air pollution and climate change, but there is positive change underway. With worldwide calls to ‘build back better’ from the pandemic, taking steps to improve infrastructure is imperative so we can apply scalable and efficient green smart energy, grow the EV market and contribute towards the government’s target to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050. Our solution employs an integrated energy management system and smart stored energy units, encouraging the use of self-reliant, sustainable solutions. We believe that energy stored systems managed by edge technologies – that is, an energy management system – are the solution to solve the infrastructure equation to promote a zero-tailpipe culture and enable green smart cities, so we can have cleaner air and healthier lives.”