Common problems with charging stations are:
- Locked cable
- Charging session that can’t be ended
- Connection lost
All possible problems are described in the manual of the manufacturer.
We offer first line support 24/7 to EV-drivers and owners of a charging station that is connected to the back office of E-Flux. Every charging station that is connected to the E-Flux back office has a sticker with our helpdesk’s phone number. If we cannot solve the problem from distance, then it is probably a hard ware issue. In this case we will contact the installation company through our ticketing system. If needed, the manufacturer will be involved by exchanging the charging station.
If the connection of the Ethernet cable or sim card is blinking green, then the charging station is properly connected to the back office of E-Flux. When you login to the maintenance platform you can search for the charging station number. If the connector status shows “available”, then the charging station is communicating with the back office.
We host training events on different locations. During this training we tell all the ins and outs of the E-Flux management platform for charging stations. Also combined with technical product information in cooperation with a manufacturer. See our agenda.
If you are an installer of charging stations we are happy to cooperate with you. Please contact us by sending is an e-mail or giving us a call.
In order to export data a connection must be made between the charging station and the backoffice. This can be a GPRS or an Ethernet connection. At locations with limited reach we advise to use an Ethernet cable. Please take into account that when changing the firewall the connection between E-Flux backoffice and the charging station has to be renewed.
When choosing the right charging station you have to check:
- The power connection (1-phase of 3-phase)
- Diameter of the cable which runs from the fuse box to the charging station.
- Type of car and battery capacity. Charge capacity determines how fast a car can charge.
- Location: for public locations we advise a heavy duty charging station with IK10 grade.
- Limited power available: if this is the case a smart charging grid will be ideal.
With load balancing the available power is divided under the EV’s that are charging. Most Load Balancing systems detect how much power is required to charge the car and how much power there is left in the electricity network. Static load balancing means that every charging car gets the same amount of power delivered. In a Dynamic load balancing situation, the system checks how much power there is left. Other appliances like a heat pump, washing machine, fridge etc. use electricity and therefore limited the available power. An external energy manager measures how much power there is left, and this will be communicated to the E-Flux Management Platform through an API connection. Based on this information, the charging stations will be limited in their power. We call this a Smart Charging Grid. This is ideal for companies and apartment buildings.
A master stations has more functionalities than a slave, and it can connect to a backoffice system. In a master/slave installation only one master is connected to the backoffice, and the other slaves can be online thanks to an Ethernet connection with the master station. This structure can save costs, because a Master station is more expensive. It can be a good solution for a parking lot. Brands that have a master/slave solution:
Installed charging stations can only be connected to the E-Flux management platform when they fit the requirements.
Please contact us when you want to connect a charging station. We will provide you with an installation kit that consists a manual, sim card and mobility card. Do you want to connect a charging station of a brand that is not in this list? Please contact us.
Contact us and we will look into your request. First we have to check if the charging station has all the functionalities that are needed to connect to our platform. Please notice that we only can connect our back office system to charging station with OCPP communication.
Charging stations that have the OCPP functionality can be connected to the back office of E-Flux. See an overview of the brands we already have a connection with.
E-Flux doesn’t sell the hardware product. We cooperate with different wholesalers and manufacturers that offer charging stations. This overview shows what brands can be connected to E-Flux.
View the tour for all functionalities of the MT platform.
The Smart Charging functionality of E-Flux is applied in a Smart Grid. In addition to dynamic load balancing (external hardware solution), the vehicles are loaded to priority. Our intelligent software ensures that all cars are fully charged during the specified time frame, provided that enough electricity is available. The driver indicates in the E-Flux app when he leaves, which car he has and what the battery status is. On this basis, electric cars are loaded to priority. The customer has the option to set flexibility discounts. The longer the EV driver remains, the cheaper it will be charging per hour.