e-Commerce companies are driving the uptake for electric vehicles in delivery space – both in last mile and mid-mile segments. Driven by long term savings in operating expenses, more and more fleet operators are switching to L5 and L3 EVs and electric 2Ws. The current lack of financing models for individual ownership of EVs has created a market where vehicle ownership / lease is managed by service providers who need to arrange suitable EV charging access for these vehicles for optimum asset utilization.
Shared EV charging hubs ensure maximum utilization of critical land resources and build EV charging infrastructure that benefits multiple stakeholders.
Amplify Mobility is working on creating shared spaces for EV charging and has created such hubs in 7 cities that can cater from 5 to 50 vehicles simultaneously. We had a chat with the co-founder Chandresh Sethia to understand the factors that go behind planning these EV charging hubs.
How do you go about planning EV charging hubs to support fleet operations?
Identifying the right locations for intelligent EV charging hubs is a critical factor in the success of the fleet operations and efficiency. Given the space crunch and high real-estate costs in all major cities, we are building shared spaces for EV charging that can be leveraged by multiple players and benefit various stakeholders simultaneously.
Having created charging hubs in Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi, these are our learnings and process for optimal use of resources:
– We create a heat map of the vehicles to get a sense of vehicle movement through the day.
– Next step is to identify the hub locations of top e-commerce players where EVs pick the payload for last mile delivery. In most cases, the pickup hubs have limited space that is designed for quick payload pick up and go, where long duration parking and charging the entire fleet or even a small number of vehicles could be a challenge.
– Charging hubs should be planned in 3 to 4 km radius around the e-commerce hub. The idea is to create the charging infrastructure in areas with highest density of last mile distribution hubs.
These charging hubs are utilized to the maximum by catering to multiple clients. Clients could be fleet operating companies or directly the e-commerce players in some scenarios.
What are some of the other potential uses for these charging hubs?
– On the go EV charging – During the day, these hubs are used for on the go charging using our smart EV charging app for drivers and dashboard for fleet management.
– Overnight Parking – At night, these spaces double up as overnight parking lots for the vehicles. It should be noted that for ICE vehicles, the only requirement during the night is to park the vehicles. But for EV fleets, one needs parking at a spot where the vehicle could be safely fully charged to provide a full battery the next morning.
– Vehicle Maintenance – These hubs not only provide charging and parking services, but also cater to maintenance and servicing needs of the vehicles. This ensures the drivers or fleet operators do not have to make special trips for necessary upkeep of the vehicles.
– We also provide driver attendance and monitoring services from these hubs.
Effectively, these hubs provide a single space solution to cater to charging and maintenance of the vehicles, and comes with a dashboard for the fleet operators to manage and supervise state of charge, charging schedule, vehicle service schedules and telematics (real time geo-location of the vehicle).
Going forward, we are also looking to introduce a franchise model for setting up EV charging hubs for fleets.
Who are some of your clients using these charging hubs?
We recently onboarded EDel by Mahindra Logistics on to our smart charging and parking hubs in 6 cities. We also have tie-ups with EV logistics companies like SmartE and MoEVing (to name some), catering to e-commerce players like Big Basket, Amazon, Flipkart, Decathalon etc. Passenger fleets like Meru, eee-Taxi and Glyd are our clients as well.
Other than charging hubs for logistics, we have also partnered with multiple commercial and residential builders as well as parking aggregators and vehicle OEMs for charging point installations.
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