Ad hoc charging: A response to evolving regulations and market demands
As EVs gain popularity around the world, regulations and market demands are rapidly evolving. AMPECO’s EV charging management platform takes into account the various business requirements of operators worldwide, including the rising need to offer ad hoc charging to non-registered users.
Ad hoc EV charging requires network operators to allow any driver, registered or not, to start a charging session on any public charger. It is driven by European regulations such as the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, which ensures that no one is prevented from using EV chargers due to lacking an account with the provider. Ad hoc charging is also being adopted in certain Asian markets in an effort to remove potential barriers that may stop people from using an EV or accessing public charging stations. Finally, ad hoc charging allows EV drivers who do not wish to provide personal data when traveling abroad or drivers who only want to charge once in certain locations – such as hotel or restaurant guests – to benefit from public charging stations without needing an account with a specific provider.
How AMPECO enables ad hoc charging
To address these use cases, AMPECO provides a solution where ad hoc users can charge via smartphone. Network operators set up a custom-built web page where EV drivers are redirected after scanning a QR code on a public charger to enable this. Apart from initiating payments, this custom-built webpage allows operators to customize the user experience, show pricing information, available promotions, or any other useful charging information, providing an enhanced experience for EV drivers. Once the operator has created their unique webpage and user flow, they just need to tick a checkbox in our system to activate this feature.
All communication between the AMPECO’s EV charging management system and the custom-built webpage is facilitated through AMPECO EV Charging API, enabling operators to track and manage all charging session data and payment transactions. Additionally, our API gives operators the flexibility to customize any steps in the process, such as using external receipt and invoicing systems. Moreover, all EV driver data from ad hoc charging sessions is stored anonymously meaning no user-related information is kept. Only their charging session details are recorded.
Why offering ad hoc charging is a smart move for charge point operators
Operators of public charging infrastructure can now use EV charging management platforms like AMPECO to enable EV drivers to start ad hoc charging sessions without entering a contract. Through an intuitive and easy-to-use web page, operators can increase the number of charging sessions, expand their reach and penetrate new markets by allowing EV drivers not currently subscribed to their network to access their charging services. This can increase the visibility and brand recognition of the network operator, leading to further growth and expansion opportunities.
The undeniable benefits of ad hoc charging for EV drivers
Besides not requiring a subscription to a particular charging network or committing to a specific plan, ad hoc charging provides the added benefit of anonymously and securely charging at any public charger for those who may be leery of entering their personal data directly. This option is particularly useful for EV drivers who travel frequently and cannot access their usual network. Ad hoc charging improves access to charging infrastructure, especially in areas with limited networks, and encourages competition amongst charging networks, resulting in better services and lower prices for EV drivers.
Why ad hoc charging matters
Operators can leverage technologies such as AMPECO’s EV charging management platform to open their network to new sources of revenue and allow EV drivers to access reliable, anonymous ad hoc payment services. This approach also enables operators to comply with local regulations in markets where ad hoc charging is required. Ad hoc charging provides drivers with a simple, flexible, and cost-effective solution for on-the-go charging needs, allowing them to recharge their vehicles at any public charging station without any commitments or limitations. By embracing ad hoc charging, EV drivers can enjoy the freedom and convenience of charging their cars wherever they need to, further contributing to the widespread adoption of EVs as a practical and accessible choice for transportation.
Talk to one of our EV charging experts about your company’s needs, and let us demonstrate how AMPECO’s EV charging management solution helps you achieve your goals and set you up for long-term success.