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EVBox chargers: an overview

EVBox is a leading global manufacturer of EV charging stations and charging management software.  Founded in the Netherlands, which is a few years ahead of the UK in adoption of electric vehicles, the company has become the sole public supplier of public charging infrastructure in cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Monaco. EVBox has an installed base of over 50,000 chargers across nearly 1000 cities. 

Their experience in the Netherlands has allowed EVBox to develop superior aesthetics, uncompromising quality and durability, superior solutions for leased cars (cost reimbursement), best-in-class charger management software facilitating easy fleet management, management of multiple charge points, and smart charging to facilitate load balancing.

They also have cost effective solutions for pole mounted chargers, and double chargepoints.  Finally, with modular components, remote maintenance and software updates, there is a focus on flexibility and future proofing, an important plus in the fast changing world of electric vehicles.

The range of chargers and charging management solutions is as follows:

Domestic

  • Elvi - very stylish charger for private home use and app for tracking;
  • HomeLine - developed for private cars or leased cars, facilitating easy employer reimbursement of charging costs.

Commercial 

  • BusinessLine: ac charger, ideal for private car parks, hotels, restaurants, business use;
  • DC: 50kW fast charge dc charger;
  • PublicLine: ac charger, aimed at public charging networks.

Charging management

  • Hey EVBox app
  • BackOffice, which is being phased out by the end of this year to be replaced by Everon

Elvi

 

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Designed for domestic use, Elvi is compact, stylish and future proofed.

The system has three components: the wall-dock, the station and the cable. Once the wall dock has been installed by an electrician, the modular 'click-on' design means that the user can upgrade / change the charging cable, and, potentially the charging capacity as well. 

Note "Should I get tethered or untethered?" is one of the questions we get asked the most.

We have historically recommended universal socket chargers as it gives flexibility if you move say from a Type 1 (e.g. old Nissan Leaf) to a Type 2 socketed vehicle.  A lot of users however do prefer a tethered unit as it is so much more convenient - lifting the cable in and out of the car every time you want to charge it can become onerous after a while.

This is one of the many reasons we recommend the Elvi. With Elvi you can buy a replacement cable and swap it out yourself. There’s a security pin inside the unit that hold the cable in place. 

Key features are as follows:

  • tethered Type 1 / Type 2 cable, choice of 4m / 8m length (cable can be swapped by the user);
  • connects to the Hey EVBox app to allow easy tracking of charging sessions (see below);
  • charging session started / stopped with charge card, key fob, or remotely via the app;
  • available capacity single phase (230V): 3.7kW / 16A, 7.4kW / 32A;
  • available capacity 3 phase (400V): 11kW / 16A, 22kW / 32A;
  • choice of colour: Misty Black, Forest Green, Polar White;
  • single charge point, dimensions: 328 x 186 x 161 mm (HxWxD);
  • comms: Bluetooth 4.0, Dual Band WiFi 2.7/5 GHz, optional UMTS;
  • Warranty: 3 years.

HomeLine

 

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Also for domestic use, HomeLine has been developed for leased cars (in Continental Europe, a significant percentage of cars are company cars).  HomeLine automates the invoicing of power consumed with the employer.  

Features are as follows:

  • available with a fixed Type 1 or Type 2 charging cable, either 6m or 8m in length;
  • single socket or double socket options;
  • automatic tracking and settlement of charging costs, using BackOffice charging management system (see below);
  • remote maintenance and software updates available;
  • LED-ring provides a clear status indication;
  • available in six standard colours (RAL 6024 (light green), RAL 6007 (dark green), RAL 5017 (blue), RAL 7042 (light grey), RAL 7016 (dark grey), RAL 9016 (white)) as well as bespoke colours as an optional extra (any RAL colour);
  • vandal proof, non-flammable and discoloration proof;
  • authorization options: Auto START / Keyfob / RFID card;
  • comms: GPS / GSM / UMTS / GPRS Modem / controller with RFID reader;
  • dimensions:  600 x 255 x 410mm / double socket (HxWxD) / 600 x 255 x 205mm single socket (H x W x D);
  • all EVBox online charging stations include a MID-certified kWh meter;
  • smart charging ensures that you don't exceed your grid capacity.

BusinessLine

 

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Aimed primarily at the business sector, BusinessLine chargers are ideal for:

  • corporates and SMEs;
  • the retail and leisure sector (hotels etc);
  • fleet operators; and
  • real estate and commercial property (business parks etc).

Combining superb aesthetics with automatic tracking and payment software, the chargers are available with single or double connectors to enable two cars to charge simultaneously. The chargers can be supplied with or without fixed cables. 

They can be configured with various “smart charging” technologies that ensure efficient
energy use, and can also support remote maintenance and upgrades. The site manager can can adjust charging rates to prevent peak usage and increase return on investment.

Features are as follows:

  • single phase (16A 3.6kW / 32A 7.2kW) and 3 phase (11kW / 22kW) versions available with universal Type 2 socket or Type 1 / Type 2 tethered;
  • automatic tracking and settlement of charging costs, using BackOffice charging management system (see below);
  • easy and efficient management of multiple charging stations with the Hub / Satellite configuration
  • adjustable charging rates;
  • energy-efficient distribution of the available power with smart charging services

  • single socket or double socket options;
  • remote maintenance and software updates available;
  • LED-ring provides a clear status indication;
  • available in six standard colours (RAL 6024 (light green), RAL 6007 (dark green), RAL 5017 (blue), RAL 7042 (light grey), RAL 7016 (dark grey), RAL 9016 (white)) as well as bespoke colours as an optional extra (any RAL colour);
  • vandal proof, non-flammable and discoloration proof;
  • authorization options: Auto START / Keyfob / RFID card;
  • comms: GPS / GSM / UMTS / GPRS Modem / controller with RFID reader;
  • dimensions:  600 x 255 x 410mm / double socket (HxWxD) / 600 x 255 x 205mm single socket (H x W x D);
  • all EVBox online charging stations include a MID-certified kWh meter;
  • smart charging ensures that you don't exceed your grid capacity.

DC

As its name suggests, DC is a fast charging 50 kW DC charger, able to charge up to  125 km in 30 minutes.  It can charge three cars using dynamic load balancing and grid management, with optional battery storage.

 

PublicLine

 

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3 phase (11kW / 22kW) robust charger designed for public networks. Access is via RFID card. Double socket, Mode 3 Type 2 universal connector.

Smart charging 

The term 'Smart charging' covers a range of functionality in the charging station that can be used to optimise the charging process, making it an indispensable feature for operators of multiple charging points.

The primary purpose of smart charging is to distribute the available power in an efficient and flexible manner, avoiding over-capacity fees charged by grid operators, and optimising the use of the charging stations in case of limited power capacity.

Charger management

EVBox currently offers two charger management systems, the Hey EVBox app and BackOffice. BackOffice is being phased out by the end of this year, to be replaced by EVeron.

The Hey EVBox app is the right solution if you want only to manage EVBox chargers. Specifically, it is suitable for:

  • Electric vehicle drivers with an EVBox charge card that charge at home, at work and / or in public;
  • Electric vehicle drivers that own an EVBox charging station;
  • Businesses that offer EVBox charging services to employees.

If you want to manage smart chargers of more than one manufacturer, including EVBox, use Everon.

Both systems allow:

  • full scalability: add an unlimited number of users and charging stations to your account; 
  • automated tracking, invoicing and settlement of charging fees;
  • configurable rates and charging times;
  • control over peak usage and access to smart charging functionality. 

For each system there is a subscription fee dependent on the number of units managed and whether smart charging functions such as load balancing or peak shaving are activated.