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:
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:
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:
Aimed primarily at the business sector, BusinessLine chargers are ideal for:
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:
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.
3 phase (11kW / 22kW) robust charger designed for public networks. Access is via RFID card. Double socket, Mode 3 Type 2 universal connector.
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.
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:
If you want to manage smart chargers of more than one manufacturer, including EVBox, use Everon.
Both systems allow:
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.