If you build it, they will come.

By Jane Hoffer, CEO of Daloop

Why property owners and facilities managers need to deploy EV charging as a service – now.

A recent article in The New York Times extolled the rapid increase in EV adoption in New York City and the surrounding suburbs, going from 3 electric vehicles per 1,000 people in the metro area in 2020 to about 7 per 1,000 last year, according to numbers from research firm Atlas Public Policy.

Not surprisingly, that rise corresponds to a similar trajectory in the availability of public chargers. Industry estimates put at least 1,500 public charging stations in the NYC metro area today, up from 551 in 2019.

The quid pro quo for EV adoption is arguably linked to how easy we make it for drivers to keep their vehicles charged, whether they’re at home, at work, or on the road.

But it’s not just about a few charging stations or being able to plug in at home. It’s about a charging network—a viable system that will build confidence in charging.

Clearly, governments at every level are supporting this, not to mention utilities and energy providers.

But private property developers and facilities management companies are in the unique position of being able to get in on the ground floor, as it were. By introducing EV charging as a service, they’ll meet the market demand for a forward-thinking solution for both commercial and residential tenants. And much more.

With a comprehensive managed charging platform, they will be able to:

  • Brand and monetize charging as a value-added service to benefit tenants

  • Create partnerships with public and third-party charging infrastructure providers to extend customer loyalty

  • Increase value and stickiness for environmentally minded tenants to be an intrinsic part of the EV solution

EVs are here to stay. Property owners and facilities managers can be in the driver’s seat when they build private charging networks to support them.

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Fleet managers: it’s time to get serious about EVs

Regardless of your current fleet makeup, there’s no doubt that sustainable mobility is on your radar.

But for many, the journey to achieve it is fraught with uncertainty. The fear of change and letting go of “the devil you know”— gas- and diesel-powered vehicles, fueling and the associated (familiar) costs — for the unknown can be a big de-motivator.

Here’s how you can start to make the shift.

Learn the true cost of electrification

There is a perception that it costs more to have an EV than vehicles with traditional internal-combustion engines (ICE). While the leased cost per vehicle may be slightly higher, fuel and maintenance costs are significantly lower, more than offsetting any price differential.

UK insurer Direct Line released a study that calculated the average running costs of EVs compared ICE vehicles. It found that annually, an EV cost about 1.925€, 21 percent less than the average cost of an old-fashioned car, which was 2.435€.

Determine which vehicles to electrify and why

One common myth about EVs is that their battery capacity and mileage range just don’t make them viable for most corporate use. But consider this: The average range of a typical EV is about 150 miles per charge.

One of Daloop’s clients was convinced that for most vehicles in the fleet, routes were too long to make them candidates to go electric. Taking their own data and evaluating usage needs and patterns, we found that 90 percent of their vehicles drove only about 95 miles, well within the range of a standard EV.

They balanced their 800-vehicle fleet make-up between ICE and EVs to accomplish their fleet goals while also reducing costs of the leased vehicles and fuel expenses. And with their leasing partner, they created a supply of short-term vehicles for the 10 percent of their trips that would be better served by traditional vehicles.

Ultimately, this data-focused mobility planning let them define a more productive relationship with their lease provider that supports both business and sustainability goals.

Plan your charging infrastructure

Simply put, you can’t have EVs without a charging infrastructure.A well-planned corporate fleet charging infrastructure will manage both electrical availability and vehicle charging needs.

You’ll need the ability to report on, manage and optimize consumption of mixed-vehicle, mixed-use fleets. Not only that, you want to provide a simple tool to drivers so they can charge no matter where they are (and without them worrying about the cost).

If employees take their company vehicle home, a sophisticated but easy-to-install solution can track the electricity consumption for that purpose so the company can reimburse the worker and keep track of overall corporate energy consumption.

You want control – to white-label, to localize, to enable and track usage – in order to capitalize on the investment made on your fleets and charging infrastructure.

Fleet owners and operators choose Daloop for all this and more.

Benefits of fleet electrification

Armed with the knowledge of the cost savings you stand to gain from going electric, you can make the right decisions about which vehicles make sense for your business needs, and you’ll be able to create the charging infrastructure to ensure your employees’ demands are met.

You can:

  • Reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and air pollution;
  • Save money on the overall cost of transportation; and
  • Create a better environment for your employees and customers.

Want to know more about how Daloop can help you on this journey? Get in touch with our team today.

How to integrate EV charging into property and facilities management

Sales of electric vehicles are rising globally, with industry experts predicting nearly 60% growth and about 27 million EVs on the road.

Early adopters of EVs and plug-in hybrids have predominantly been home chargers — according to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 85% of all EV charging is happening either at home or at work, outside of regular work hours.

As more people buy EVs for personal use and as companies and institutions purchase EVs for their fleets, the problem of providing charging wherever, whenever, is becoming paramount.

So why should you install EV charging capabilities?

Your property will be more desirable. Did you know that 70% of EV owners make more than $100,000 a year? That makes them highly qualified candidates for residential properties. And for retail, the 30 minutes (or more) a driver will spend charging up gives them more time to shop, increasing property traffic and making your facility that much more attractive to higher-end tenants.

You can take advantage of generous tax credits, rebates and free starter programs. From the United States to Europe and the UK, governments are looking for reasons to hand out savings and incentives as part of sustainability initiatives. You can get credits for installation costs and no-installation options from hardware vendors, all in the name of going green.

You can deliver on your commitment to sustainability. There is an ongoing trend toward consumers choosing to live and work in environmentally conscious buildings. Sure, you can earn credits toward LEED certification with an EV charging program, but you’ll also be a part of commercial tenants’ sustainability success.

Offer charging as a service

As a commercial property owner or facilities manager, you’ll be increasingly asked to provide a turnkey EV charging solution for customers and tenants. After all, you don’t want to risk losing your current customers to independent operators who may be aiming for a direct relationship with them by offering this value-added service. Instead, you can expand your relationship, leading to longer leases and other future partnerships.

It’s not going to work to just throw up a row of chargers in the parking lot. You need to be able to measure and charge for energy consumption, and it needs to be automated and seamless to the end user. You need to be able to customize billing for discounts or loyalty programs, and it needs to be smooth, consistent, and hitch-free for the driver.

To take advantage, you need a system that can be easily tuned for your needs, with built-in business logic to facilitate use, billing and invoicing, as well as incorporating local and regional tariffs and penalties.

And, you need a flexible software platform that can easily be bundled with any charging system you have in place or plan to install.

Daloop’s EV charging operations platform is purpose-built to be bundled with any hardware solution — low power, fast-charging or hybrid environments. And with Daloop, you’ll have a global partner whose proven technology has been implemented in different configurations for various building and owner requirements.

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How utilities and energy suppliers can expand into EV charging

Over the past few years, utilities and energy firms have been searching for a way to incorporate EV charging. Earlier this year, Shell was the latest, gobbling up EV charging station network provider Volta.

The common goal is to deliver EV charging on a mass scale, to transform gas/petrol stations into charging platforms and become an e-mobility service provider, or EMSP. These organizations are not only supplying electricity to drivers at service stations, but they’re also providing the power to office parks, shopping centers, and homes. Today, they often have direct-to-consumer relationships as well via loyalty programs.

Yet is buying up charging stations the key to delivering widespread EV charging?

The hardware is part of the challenge as you seek to effectively transition business models and operations. But the transition to an e-mobility company is more than a one-for-one exchange.

You can’t just swap out pumps for power cords. It’s time to re-consider the model, and to think about what else needs to change as your business changes.

Capacity is a big challenge. Electrical grids the world over are being tested—can they handle increased demand from EV charging, at the right speeds, without overloading the system or dramatically increasing costs?

Customer needs can vary widely. Utilities provide power to a wide range of customers, from office parks and retail complexes, to apartment and residential properties, to campuses and institutions. Providing a comprehensive EV charging management solution to different use cases demands flexibility.

There is one e-mobility operations platform that is already driving one of the world’s most forward-looking energy companies toward EV charging: Daloop.

Iberia’s largest energy provider, Galp, took a visionary approach to EV charging and acquired the innovative technology that is today’s Daloop in 2019. Together, Daloop and Galp, which was recently named the most sustainable company in its industry on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, are delivering on the promise of a more sustainable future.

Daloop is the complete EV charging management platform for utilities and energy providers. With the tools and insights to implement e-mobility and decarbonization solutions today, you can quickly launch, operate and expand your EV charging infrastructure.

Daloop offers smart energy management in the cloud, managing alerts and alarms, load balancing, tariffs, user access, and billing and invoicing. With a flexible, future-proofed mobility platform, you can optimize energy usage and monetize emerging business models.

Daloop’s white-label solutions support and expand your brand and provide mobile apps and localization for varying business models and markets. You can create credibility with your end users without incurring the costs and time to build out a new, sophisticated technology foundation.

Energy companies are jockeying to set up a new business as they try to launch, operate, and expand an EV charging offering. With Daloop, they could effectively transition their business models and operation more quickly, with less risk.

Let’s talk about how Daloop can work for you.

From installer to operator, how to grow an EV charging business with white-label software

As a charge-point installer (CPI) or charge-point operator (CPO) today, you are uniquely positioned as the final link to the driver charging their EV. To expand beyond hardware, though, you have a choice to make: Build a new business or seek out a best-of-breed solution to do it for you.

Installers and operators of EV charging stations are uniquely positioned as the final link to the drivers and vehicles that use them. But to expand beyond hardware and build ongoing relationships with clients and end users, you have a choice to make: create your own management software, or seek out a best-of-breed solution to do it for you.

As a charging point provider, you’re in the business of building, delivering and maintaining charging stations. You’re not in the software business. Instead of cobbling together a system with expensive internal resources, you can white label this functionality, delivering an e-mobility operations platform from the experts under your own brand.

Why should chargepoint installers white label with Daloop?

  • Moving from home charger installer to businesses requires a more comprehensive solution, including backend software. Daloop gives installers the comprehensive tools to manage operational and financial requirements of businesses.
  • Growing your business means establishing and maintaining relationships with customers beyond one-off installations. Daloop offers installers ongoing referral fees and insights to spot new opportunities for installations and maintenance.
  • You have an opportunity now to gain early mover advantage, when barriers to entry are low and others are just beginning to come into the space. Using Daloop, you can extend your reach with customers by potentially taking on monitoring and management of charge points and offering new services.

Why should chargepoint operators choose Daloop?

  • Daloop allows CPOs to proactively manage operations and optimize the costs of the charge-point infrastructure. This means CPOs can keep costs low, from procurement to installation to maintenance.
  • Daloop offers smart energy management, including alerts and alarms, load balancing, tariffs, and user access in the cloud, freeing you to deliver high uptime, availability and energy capacity.
  • Daloop’s platform offers finely tuned settings and business logic for access, usage, tariffs and penalties, providing the agility to maximize your assets’ potential for revenue generation.

In both cases, you’ll be able to:

  • Go to market in weeks using an existing platform dedicated to empowering you or your customers’ brands.
  • Establish a technology platform that is backwards compatible — it works with older systems with no customization needed — as well as designed to adapt with future advancements.
  • Tap potential new revenue streams with industry-leading tariffs, payments and invoicing functionalities built in to the platform.

Let’s talk about how Daloop can work for you.

Daloop platform guide: how to enable dynamic tariffs

By Head of Product Pedro Teixeira

A fundamental requirement for monetizing EV charging is the ability to set the right price. But “the right price” is rarely a single, unchanging number – it necessarily varies and fluctuates depending on who is paying, when, where, for how much and how long. We’ve long understood this complexity, and have sought to reflect it with matching flexibility in our platform.

Within Daloop, a “Tariff” is made of one or more pricing rules – and you can add as many of them as needed. Each pricing rule is composed of four attributes:

  • the schedule
  • the activation fee
  • the price per kWh charged
  • the € per min of charging

Dynamic Tariffs

Perhaps for ease of management, you decide to set one pricing rule for all days, regardless of the hour. However, you most likely want to stay profitable and competitive by optimizing pricing for peak energy costs, or indeed incentivizing charging during low-utilization periods.

For example: let’s say you notice only 5% usage between the hours of 7pm and 8am – you could have a lower activation fee and lower € per min price to spread demand and increase overall revenue.

Tariffs by asset type

Daloop allows you to set tariffs for different sets of connectors in charging points.

For instance, fast chargers typically fully charge an EV over an average of 20 minutes, so you can set a higher € per minute pricing rule for just these connectors.

Likewise, for slower charging, say overnight, you can have an entirely different price to account for this.

Example of a service tariff prior to any pricing rules

Tariffs by service offer

The service tariff is a differentiating feature where you can incorporate extra components that may affect the final price like local and regional taxes or incentive schemes.

It’s also a sought-after feature by e-mobility service providers (EMSPs) who may not own the underlying assets, which may or may not have their own tariff set by Charge Point Owners/Operators (CPOs).

Daloop can enable both, conjointly or separately as required – the CPOs being able to set how much they want to earn from their assets, and EMSPs being able to set how much they want to earn from their users. At the end of the day, end users don’t have to worry about this complexity – when enabled, there’s only one price for them to consider.

What’s next for Daloop tariffs in 2023?

As shown above, operators can define different prices per kWh for peak or off-peak periods. However, as we’ve seen energy prices fluctuate rapidly and frequently – often daily – around the world, there’s now a pressing need to protect margin regardless of energy price.

We are currently testing a beta feature with our current customers where you will be able to set pricing rules with fixed percentage margins pegged to live energy costs, ensuring consistent profit in an effortless manner.

Want to know more? Get in touch with our team today.

How to deploy low-cost smart EV charging with Daloop

By Jane Hoffer, CEO of Daloop

As adoption of electric vehicles continues to rise, there is one fundamental truth: EVs must be charged. But how can you weigh the value of your limited budget and finite number of parking spaces against the need to provide EV chargers?

The one thing you don’t want to do is over-invest and put tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of commercial charging station equipment in place to cover every single parking spot.

First off, charging equipment is expensive. Depending where you are in the world, the absolute minimum cost for a public charger – equipment only – can be as low as $500 per socket, but you also need to take into account the installation costs of cables, circuit boards and civil engineering. Installing 10 charging stations would probably cost you no less than $40,000, and that doesn’t include any fast chargers, which start at around $12,000 – with ultrafast hardware units going up to $50,000 – and installation coming in at around $5,000.

Secondly, EVs will have different charging demands based on their use. Most vehicles simply don’t need to be fast-charged at the last minute. For example, think of the most common use cases: an apartment complex, hospitals, universities, or transport hubs. Drivers can leave the vehicle to be charged overnight or during long-term stays—charging options that are less expensive.

Daloop’s low-cost, low-power solution

But what if you could use an off-the-shelf hardware that would create smart charging devices that bridge any parking spot and EVs with cloud-based management software?A low-cost smart device (as low as $50 per connection) could connect to standard electric outlets for charging EVs at low power, turning a basic connection into a charging station.

This kind of smart device also offers the most critical bells and whistles you need to manage a charging environment without the added hardware and infrastructure costs:

• remote on/off control
• consumption monitoring
• a scheduling and reservations system
• invoicing and reimbursement management

It’s also configurable, giving you options to offer EV charging in other ways:

• As a home-charging solution for employee fleets, able to differentiate between work and private usage and manage transactions and payments accordingly;
• To charge other electric vehicles such as e-bikes or scooters, tracking their associated consumption and costs; and for
Connecting older, non-smart charging devices to the cloud to provide some measure of control and consumption monitoring and reporting without the huge investment of upgrading existing hardware.

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