Eaton simplifies deployment and management of networked EV charging stations
March 22, 2023
As businesses, fleets, communities and individuals make the switch to zero-emission vehicles, there is a growing need for effective monitoring and management of electric vehicle charging infrastructure (EVCI). Intelligent power management company Eaton today announced the launch of its new Charging Network Manager software platform to optimize EV charging network operations from a single, intuitive dashboard. Within the online operator portal, site hosts can view and manage location and station information, driver access, payment processing, load distribution, reporting capabilities and more.
Eaton worked closely with innovative EV charging software provider ChargeLab to customize its Charging Network Manager and conducted deep integration with its EVCI portfolio. Eaton’s full line of Green Motion EV chargers are configured to seamlessly connect to Charging Network Manager upon installation, making it one of the most tightly integrated solutions on the market.
“One of the greatest challenges to EV adoption is a dependable charging network. For fleet managers, property owners or facility managers to effectively manage networked charging stations, it is essential to have a secure, reliable and seamless integration between hardware and software,” said Paul Ryan, product line manager, Connected Solutions / EV Charging Infrastructure, Eaton. “With out-of-the-box commissioning to streamline installation for electrical contractors, deep software integration embedded within Eaton’s EV chargers, a user-friendly interface and enhanced cybersecurity certificate integration, Eaton Charging Network manager is among the most robust plug-and-play solutions to support networked EV charging.”
Eaton prioritizes interoperability for all of its connected solutions. Charging Network Manager enables the connection and management of virtually any EV charging station whose communication conforms to the Open Charge Point Protocol, helping electrical contractors manage installation and commissioning and allowing customers to mix and match hardware and network options for maximum flexibility.
The Eaton and ChargeLab collaboration leverages the scale and accessibility of Eaton’s well-established electrical distribution channels and strengthens interoperability and network management functionality through more points of use. In addition to the collaboration, Eaton recently made a strategic investment in ChargeLab, which aligns with Eaton’s long-term energy transition growth strategy.
Key features of Eaton Charging Network Manager allows users to:
- Add, modify and group charging stations by location for superior organization
- Manage access controls per driver group, station group or individual charge station level
- Process payments and implement pricing policies that configure flat-rate, time-based and energy-based charging to offset costs
- Access customized reports, including charge session interval reporting to help meet utility charge station subsidy programs
- Leverage demand response capabilities
- Manage loads across multiple stations to optimize charging infrastructure
- Grant driver access via mobile phone browser or RFID card assignments
To learn more about Eaton Charging Network Manager capabilities, visit Eaton.com/CNM. For more information on Eaton’s EVCI portfolio, visit Eaton.com/EVCI. To explore the ways Eaton’s Everything as a Grid approach is unlocking new possibilities to advance the energy transition, visit Eaton.com/EnergyTransition.
Eaton is an intelligent power management company dedicated to improving the quality of life and protecting the environment for people everywhere. We are guided by our commitment to do business right, to operate sustainably and to help our customers manage power ─ today and well into the future. By capitalizing on the global growth trends of electrification and digitalization, we’re accelerating the planet’s transition to renewable energy, helping to solve the world’s most urgent power management challenges, and doing what’s best for our stakeholders and all of society.
Founded in 1911, Eaton is marking its 100th anniversary of being listed on the New York Stock Exchange. We reported revenues of $20.8 billion in 2022 and serve customers in more than 170 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.