Charging Up

Whether you’re a Taxi / PHV Fleet Operator, a Local Authority or an Owner Driver, there’s charging support available for you from Dynamo’s trusted partner – APT Controls.

Taxi / PHV Fleet Operators

Charging on-site at your depot is obviously dependent on the parking availability you have and where your vehicles are when not in use.

APT’s experience has shown that most fleet locations with enough parking, and with vehicles that stay for a few hours, tend to install one Fast Charger socket per vehicle for overnight or 4h daytime charging. Some locations with fleets of two or more vehicles will install a Rapid charger (30min to 80% charge) for daytime top-ups or emergency charging.

Rapid chargers are particularly convenient for range extension and for helping the driver out if their vehicle did not charge overnight for one reason or another. Having your own Rapid charger gives you peace-of-mind that there will always be somewhere to charge. This is particularly true for cities or regions with sparse public charging infrastructure (something APT can help with too!).

For Fleet operation sites where the vehicles do not reside overnight, APT recommends installing only Rapid charging infrastructure (with possibly only one or two Fast charger sockets).

If you don’t have room for a Rapid charger, APT recommends discussing siting options with them, with the local Council or even with good customers that regularly use your Taxi/PHV services.

Typical APT Products for Fleet Sites

Fast charge points

  • Wall-mounted Wallbox units
  • Ground-mounted Urban units
  • Compact or Raption rapid charger (typically one for fleets of two or more vehicles; we recommend one rapid charger per 5 vehicles for larger fleets).

Taxi/PHV Franchise Dealerships

Your operations will definitely benefit from both Fast and Rapid charging infrastructure.

Based on APT’s experience, vehicle dealerships tend to install at least one domestic-type 7kW charger in the workshop (in order to charge waiting vehicles) and one in the showroom in either fully functioning or “demonstration” form to show to customers.

The outdoor forecourt is usually provided with a wall or ground-mounted dual 7kW unit (or even 22kW if you want to future-proof your site) to charge customer’s vehicles waiting to be picked up (or demonstrator or staff vehicles with enough down-time).

Most dealer forecourts will also install at least one Rapid charger. This is particularly important if you maintain a substantial EV vehicle stock, you have a lot of demonstration vehicles booking turnover during the day, you want peace-of-mind that a vehicle can be charged quickly in an emergency (or when you’re pressed for time), or you simply want to allow EV Taxi drivers to use your site to charge during work hours.

Please note you can actually bill drivers for using the equipment. APT can set up fair user tariffs on the charging equipment for you and your clientele.

Owner Drivers

If you’re an Owner/Driver you’ll probably be parking your vehicle at home when it’s not in use and you’ll want to use public Taxi-specific/non-specific Rapid chargers. Whether you have off-street parking or can only park on-street or in a communal area, APT have suitable solutions. They can also help you identify where your nearest rapid chargers are and even potentially help the local Council install more*.

*subject to Local/Transport Authority engagement.

At home…

APT’s range of eHome 7kW domestic chargers are specifically designed for internal or external wall installation. The eHome is easily installed by one of APT’s engineers and is provided with a standard 5m tethered five-pin (J1772) plug (optional 8m length is available). This means you don’t have to take a cable out of the boot to charge up. It’s also pretty quick taking only 4h to a full charge**.

The eHome has some neat features including at-a-glance LED status indicators (green=ready, blue=charging, yellow=charged and red=fault) and a lockable hatch under which lies a residual current/overcurrent breaker for added safety and security (it can be easily turned on/off and stops energy theft). The DIN-rail space under the hatch also caters for the installation of an optional slim-line cumulative energy meter which you can use to separate house energy utilisation from vehicle charging use (particularly useful for Tax self-assessments). The eHome can also be controlled by home energy management systems (please enquire for more information).

APT’s eHome also has troubleshooting and energy supply safeguards in mind. The eHome provides self-diagnostics under fault conditions. The unit’s LED bar will flash red under a fault condition. The number of flashes tells the user what the fault is. This information can be used to take corrective action or to report to an APT engineer if a call-out is necessary.

If your house energy supply is nearing its rated power incomer capacity, and you think you might cause yourself a problem (main breaker/fuse trip) by having a charger installed – there is no need to worry. APT can provide an optional non-disruptive current clamp sensor called BeON. This sensor is placed on the main house incomer and is directly connected to the eHome unit (at installation).

BeON monitors the total house instantaneous energy usage and reduces the current output of the eHome (when on charge) if it detects that the house main breaker/fuse limit is about to be reached. Once the capacity is freed up, the charger ramps gently back up to 32A (7kW). The only difference you will notice is a slightly longer charging time. A small price to pay for not having to rummage around in the cupboard for a torch, switch the EV charger off, turn the mains back on and reset the cooker timer!

**Based on a 40 kWh battery size.

I have to park on-street…

You know the situation, you get home and your usual parking space isn’t available, you gaze up the street and spot a parking space 20 doors down and pounce on it. Normally, this is not a problem. However, for EV drivers this is an issue. Where do you charge? Unless you get on with your neighbours and they don’t mind trailing a cable from their front window, you are going to need an on-street charger.

This is where APT’s range of fully compatible ground-mounted Urban and ePost charging solutions come into their own. With permission from your Council, APT can install its charging infrastructure on your street (on the whole street). If street furniture is an issue for your Council, APT also has a lamp post mounted charger offering an overnight 100% charge too.

Please remember, there is also likely to be a public Rapid charger close to you too (APT can help you discover where and also help install public chargers elsewhere to support you).

If you are in this position, please contact APT for further advice.

I live in an apartment complex with communal parking…

Hopefully you’ll have an allocated parking space. If so (or even if not), your first port of call is to talk to your landlord or the owner of the car park to see what is feasible. In APT’s experience landlords are open to the idea of installing supporting equipment for vehicles as long as they know the specifics of the equipment (i.e. safety), where you want to put it, that it will be installed, tested and properly certified and that you will cover the energy cost somehow.

There are two scenarios here:

1) the landlord allows installation on their car park energy distribution board and you pay the electricity costs based on charger energy meter readings. In this case the Smart Wallbox, ePost, Opticharge lamp post charger or Urban unit are suitable

2) the landlord allows installation onto your energy connection. In this case an eHome is suitable and the installation is much the same as an off-street domestic install.

Please remember, APT can help provide your landlord (or the car park owner) with peace-of-mind that the equipment is safe, will be installed properly and the energy usage will be monitored/paid for. A site survey is always performed with the results presented to the resident and landlord/car park owner.

How do I choose what charger I need? Who installs it for me?

Our partner, APT Controls, will be able to survey your site for suitability.

They will assess the following at a site survey:

  • Your operational needs
  • Feasibility for Fast and/or Rapid charging facilities
  • Power supply capacity
  • Charge point location

Tips

If you need a Fast charger, the best value for money products are APT’s Wallbox solutions. Install them on a wall and near a power supply to keep installation costs as low as possible.

If you are in need of a Rapid charger, please note that a three phase power supply with at least 45kVA spare capacity is needed. The closer you can position the installation to the supply, the lower the installation cost will be. Some installations will need either a power upgrade or new supply. APT can help you through this process.