Our software for managing the pricing of the EV charging transactions is designed to provide the following capabilities for the EV charging service provider:
– definition of pricing packages aimed at different user segments
– price setting in the packages based on a variety of factors, e.g. the time of the day, the day of the week, the type of charging pole, pole location
– price setting using fixed fees, kWhs, time and any combination of these
– management of the pricing packages (new, existing, obsolete)
– interfaces to transaction data collection
– interfaces to various CRM and/or billing systems
The software has been designed for the use of the service provider’s personnel. The tool is an easy-to-use web-based tool that allows the definition to be done off-line and published once completed. The package can be made available to the potential end customers either through sales personnel or integrated into an on-line CRM. The customers sign up to a specific service package and based on the customer identification, the relevant pricing is applied automatically as the EV charging infrastructure is used.
The key advantage of our software is that it allows the pricing structures and offerings to be modified quickly to allow experimentation on the pricing of the EV charging. The pricing structures are defined by the service providers based on assumptions of customer needs and expected behavior. The experimentation will eventually lead to the right packaging for the users, but in the early stages the experimentation is necessary since pricing conventions for the EV charging do not currently exist.
Integration of the charging infrastructure is done with an OCPP-based interface and the pricing will work as designed regardless of the manufacturer of the infrastructure. Our preference is to integrate our software to the charing infrastructure via the pole management system rather than integrating directly to the poles, but direct integration is also possible.
Integration to the CRM system is done as a separate project due to the large variation of the interfaces used in the CRM tools in the market. It is important to note that our software is intended to create a billing record for each charging transaction, but the software is not intended to generate the bills to the customers. The actual billing is done via existing CRM and /or billing systems.