Transportation technology continues to advance around the world in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and provide more options that rely on sustainable fuel alternatives. Companies like Tesla, Toyota, Nissan, and Chevrolet are exploring ways to make electric vehicles more efficient, sustainable, and accessible to the masses.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is helping fuel innovation as millions of devices around us are connected to the internet and alter the way we interact with them. In 2018 there were approximately 1 million electric vehicles on the road in the United States. That number is expected to reach more than 18 million in the next 20 years. (EEI).
The Rise of Electric Vehicles
The increase of electric vehicles necessitates greater access for owners to be able to charge their vehicles not just at home, but throughout the cities and towns where they travel, some EV charging stations are “dumb” meaning they lack a network connection to do anything “intelligent” beyond simply charging a vehicle.
While that works for some locations, having a “smart” EV charging station incorporates hardware, software, and internet connectivity so that the station can be managed, observed, diagnosed, and reset remotely. These connected charging stations allow operators the control and flexibility they need to provide the best customer experience possible while also increasing reliability and performance.
As of 2018, over 70,000 charging stations were available for use in the United States, most of which were centrally located in the Western part of the country. That number will continue to grow to support the growing EV market.
How Connectivity is Powering EV Charging
The nature of many EV charging stations is that they are stand-alone entities in 3rd party locations. As such, it requires a secure and supportive wireless connectivity solution in order for the ISO or deployer of the station to be able to manage their fleet of stations from their location and not rely on on-site visits to each location to manage. OptConnect ema is a fantastic embedded modem solution for wireless connectivity for machines needing ultra-reliable connectivity and wants that functionality embedded into their board.
OptConnect ema™ is a fully end-user certified modem with built-in intelligence for autonomous monitoring, management, and self-healing. Its Embedded Managed Modem Architecture enables customers to rapidly design and deploy their cellular-connected solutions while eliminating the delays and complexities of typical cellular M2M/IoT deployments.
For more information on OptConnect’s fully managed connectivity solution for EV charging, please give us a call at 1.877.678.3343.