At Flipturn, we give fleets a single place where they can see and operate all of their EV fleet assets, including vehicles and chargers. We've seen first-hand that having detailed real-time data about charging can be a game changer for EV fleets:
Depending on which chargers you have and which charging management system you use, you may be able to get more or less detail about your real-time operations.
Level 2 chargers are able to report real-time information about the charging session and charger:
DC fast chargers, in addition to the information above, are also able to collect detailed information about the vehicle:
Here's how all of those details will show up in the Flipturn dashboard:
As you can see, today only DC fast chargers are generally able to report some of the most useful information that helps you operate your fleet efficiently. It's not always clear what kind of data reporting your charger will be capable of when you buy it, so it's worth checking with your vendor to make sure you can get all of the data you need!
ISO 15118 is a new standard for vehicle to charger communication that can be integrated into Level 2 chargers and DC fast chargers.
It has many components including functionality for payments and vehicle-to-grid (V2G), but one of the most exciting aspects for fleets is that it will enable chargers to report even more in-depth details about the charging session:
ISO 15118 is supported by several vehicle models out today, including the Mustang Mach-E, and upcoming models like the Kia EV9, Hyundai IONIQ 6, and Volkswagen ID Buzz have announced support. On the charger side, it's seen a lot of adoption in Europe already, but there aren't yet many charger models that support it in the US. Flipturn is working with some early partners to be able to recommend ISO 15118-capable Level 2 chargers to US fleets.
We've found that many fleets, especially those with 5+ vehicles, benefit from having detailed real-time insights into their vehicles and charging operations. Today, the best way to get that is to use DC fast chargers combined with a platform like Flipturn.
However, not all fleets need the power provided by a DC fast charger, and they are more costly. At Flipturn, we are optimistic that the rise of ISO 15118-enabled Level 2 chargers will allow all fleets to take advantage of the detailed data reporting they need to run their operations efficiently.
Are you looking to have real-time insights and control over your fleet vehicles and chargers? We'd be happy to give you an overview of the best options available for your fleet. Contact us here.