Although it would seem rather straightforward, the pricing system within the EV charging environment extends further than just to the payments made by electric vehicles right after they charge their car.
Being such an interconnected network of mutual dependencies between numerous involved parties, e-mobility charging services require various levels of settlements.
Charging services structure
It must be noted that it takes a few units to build up and manage a charging network. From EV charging equipment supply companies, which manufacture the hardware side of required components (connectors, chargers, cables, etc), through charge point operators, which are responsible for the backend management, all the way to e-mobility service providers, which determine the final user (here: EV driver) experience, there is a whole network of reliabilities.
Put simply and briefly, CPO’s are to establish billing connections with both EVSE and eMSP’s, in order to put the entire charging formation in place, while ensuring all parties receive transparent information and clear instructions.
To facilitate it, there are multiple types of pricings and contracts, some of which allow for complex, dynamic price models. Such undertaking is required so that eMSP’s can shape their end-users pricing often based on certain conditions, leaving the rates flexible.
Interoperability - the core of proper functioning
It should go without saying, that managing a pool of charging stations - oftentimes distributed across entire countries/regions - is not an easy task to handle and can only be achieved via advanced levels of interoperability and clear, unified procedures.
Open Standards are the chief example of how this can be achieved and maintained. Through the utilization of API’s like OICP the flow of information can be sustained in a transparent manner. This allows for a seamless communication and can facilitate the management of a vast majority of proceedings remotely, which comes in handy while developing a state-wide network, especially when there are numerous parties involved.
E-mobility tariffs - our PDF guide
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