DCS expands fleet charging solution
In the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) Digital Charging Solutions (DCS) is offering an enhanced version of the DCS fleet solution called Charge Now for Business. The offer is in collaboration with EVBox Group, Everon and The Mobility House.
The software offers a solution for electric fleets for charging at public charging points, at home and at work. Digital Charging Solutions already launched the charging service for leasing providers, large companies and their fleet managers in spring 2020. In the past, the company has only offered white label solutions for charging services of car manufacturers or fleet operators. By joining forces with EVBox and The Mobility House, DCS now promises a further expanded service package “from wallbox ordering to the billing of all charging processes”.
For fleet managers in the DACH region, the offer is supposed to guarantee an overview of the charging behaviour of all vehicles used and promises all services integrated in a single tool.
While the focus remains on leasing providers, large companies and their fleet managers, the offer is now supplemented by direct marketing of the solution to small and medium-sized companies via an online self-service. The system is basically designed to allow fleet managers to manage contracts, charging cards and tariffs on their own, to analyse charging behaviour or to further process charging data via data exports and interfaces. By expanding the service to include charging processes at home, with a driver app, employers are now also able to conveniently bill employees for the electricity they charge in their company car at home on the basis of digitally available data.
EVBox and The Mobility House come into play when it comes to ordering and installing charging and energy systems: for example, a charger including the EVBox software Everon and optional installation services by The Mobility House can be ordered for charging at home via the Charge Now for Business portal. The charging and energy management system ChargePilot from The Mobility House is used to supply power to the electric cars at the fleet and company locations. EVBox complements the overall solution with AC and DC charging stations as well as wallboxes for home use.
As a further advantage of the new fleet solution, the partners point out that Charge Now for Business can be integrated into existing fleet management software via open interfaces.
“We have already shown what a seamless public charging process can look like with Plug & Charge or starting and stopping charging processes directly from the vehicle navigation system. With the help of EVBox Group and The Mobility House, we are now able to integrate residential and workplace charging into a comprehensive and customer-friendly fleet solution,” says Markus Bartenschlager, Managing Director of DCS.
“Open interfaces are essential for the successful implementation of charging infrastructure as they allow the best solutions to be connected efficiently,” says Marcus Fendt, Managing Director of The Mobility House. “With our partners, we have created a one-stop-shop solution for EV fleets. Innovative partnerships like this create end-to-end solutions for businesses looking to adopt electric mobility.”
DCS was once 100 per cent owned by BMW, but Daimler later acquired 50 per cent of DCS as part of numerous mobility collaborations between the two companies. In the spring, BP became the third shareholder in the charging infrastructure provider, which was founded in 2017, alongside BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG, with a 33.3 per cent stake. DCS became big as a developer of public white-label solutions for car manufacturers and fleet operators. These solutions provide access to a wide range of charging station operators with access to more than 220,000 charging points in 32 countries.