Municipal Fleet Using EV Connect Platform for Recharging


The City of Porterville, Calif., is rolling out EV Connect’s charging management platform to take advantage of advanced capabilities such as real-time charger and vehicle data, automatic and manual charging prioritization, and energy management to help mitigate on-peak energy costs.

The EV Connect Fleet solution provides an enhanced user experience, allowing for complete control over fleets and their energy consumption for fleet service providers, as well as in-house-managed vehicle fleets.

Porterville, located in the San Joaquin Valley, is expanding its leadership in municipal sustainability by deploying EV charging to take advantage of its quick and convenient access to key transportation routes. In addition to serving more than 20 of its own fleet vans to buses, the city can now optimize its charging schedules for demand response, manage charging costs, and ensure uptime across a multi-vendor charging environment which serves the EV charging needs of public and private fleet customers.

“Sustainability in general, and air quality, in particular, are top of mind in Porterville and across all of California, and our EV fleet program helps us address these challenges for the long run,” says Richard Tree, executive director of Tulare County Regional Transit Agency. “The decision to expand our EV charging footprint required the selection and partnership of vendors that could support our efforts in the short term and provide flexibility so we can grow and expand organically in the future.”

With the goal to balance operations, insights and user control, the EV Connect platform presents an intuitive dashboard that can track a vehicle’s state-of-charge, ready time, and overall status, with complete visibility into depot specifics. Automatic and manual charging sequencing and prioritization provides adaptive fleet scheduling and gives owners and operators the ability to leverage in-depth analytics to improve fleet scheduling, including state-of-charge, energy power levels, and station availability.

The charging management software supports all use cases, including parking lots, distribution centers, transit hubs and other public-accessible locations. Thanks to collaborations with various payment, telematics, and fleet management software providers, the software enables fleets to manage energy, track fuel time, and notify managers of potential problems through real-time alerts.

“Electrified fleets represent one of the biggest opportunities for clean transportation, and fleet owners and operators need a flexible, reliable, and frictionless EV charging solution that maximizes vehicle uptime,” states Jon Leicester, vice president of fleet at EV Connect. “The EV Connect fleet platform provides the freedom to deploy many different charging hardware options, serve all kinds of vehicle types, and control cost as well as revenue, all from within a single platform.”

EV Connect offers a charging network service and software platform that employs innovations in remote management and analytics capabilities to ensure reliable and consistent charging site operation. With robust data analytics, fleet managers can view everything fleet-related down to the lowest level. Through the fleet portal, owners and operators can control various aspects of their fleets, from dynamic power allocation that maximizes fleet readiness to real-time energy consumption and utility bill analytics. EV Connect provides real-time energy consumption data from individual stations up to the entire network level, which allows fleet managers to understand real-time energy needs.

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