CEO and Co-Founder, Everty
Zero Emission Transport Conference
Smart charging software for fleets
Carola is the CEO and co-founder of Everty, a new electric vehicle charging network and charging station management platform. Everty works with EV owners, businesses, utilities and other organisations to increase the uptake of EVs and making EV ownership and use easier.
Carola also works as a Sustainability and Marketing consultant – she has worked with brands like Enphase Energy to bring storage solutions, micro inverters and smart software to market. She assists EnergyLab, the first clean energy accelerator in Australia, to build and grow a vibrant start-up community of clean-tech companies and female entrepreneurs.
Carola has a background in working for NGOs, multinational corporations and Government. She has worked for household names such as Climate Friendly, NABERS (Office of Environment and Heritage), Transparency International and DB Schenker. Carola has been able to combine her marketing and sustainability skills to positively affect communities and organisations in Australia and overseas.
Electric vehicles in fleets can have multiple benefits like lower maintenance and fuel costs and therefore they make good fleet cars. As this new technology is adopted, fleet managers need to consider EV charging of the fleet which can take place at public charging locations, the fleet car park or at home if staff take the cars home at the end of the day.
Two main points that need special consideration are the installation of EV chargers and the integration of EV charging with the building/energy requirements and the integration into other business processes like finance, tax, etc.
Building and energy constraints:
When fleet cars are parked in an existing building or carpark, they will add a new load to the building. The electricity supply may be constrained and software and ‘smart charging’ can help to lower the impact of EV charging.
Using smart and connected chargers also enable access to charging data which is needed to account for electricity in the same way that it is currently done with the fuel of petrol/diesel cars. If staff charge electric vehicles overnight at home, the electricity needs to be accounted for to reimburse the cost and to allocate the cost to the department or cost centre the car belongs to.