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Electric vehicles (EV) contributed to transformation and decarbonization of transportation. To accelerate the process and take advantage of it brings both to consumers and the environment, it is essential to speed up installation of safe and smart infrastructure for electric vehicles charging.

Majority of current policies focus on setting the public charging infrastructure along principal road routes. However, research shows that around 90 per cent of EV chargers that are going to be installed in the following 15 to 20 years will be in private ownership, in garages and parking spaces of residential, business, and industrial buildings. It implies that existing and new buildings will have to meet growing demand for energy, for up to 40 per cent, which shall thus require controlled energy management.

Leaders of the current transportation electrification trend in Serbia and Montenegro are foremost companies which complement their fleet with electric vehicles and equip their existing garages and parking spaces with suitable charging stations. Beside companies, hotels, hospitality facilities, malls, public garages, and parking spaces also play a significant role wanting to accommodate their customers and provide them with “extra service”.


The main issue arises—how much free capacity do the buildings have in their electrical infrastructure to deal with the increase in demand for electricity? Namely, the addition of EV charging infrastructure represents an increase in the electricity demand of a building. To avoid overloads and possible “outages” of power systems in buildings and use the available energy in the building in the most efficient way, Schneider Electric has developed EcoStruxure™ EV Charging Expert, a charging infrastructure load management, access management and supervision solution—one within the range of EcoStruxure™ for eMobility comprehensive solutions.

EcoStruxure™ EV Charging Expert is a system for dynamic monitoring and management, which responds to EV charging infrastructure in real time avoiding outages, overcharging and consumption during peak hours. Additionally, it enables integration of available renewable energy sources for EV charging. EcoStruxure™ EV Charging Expert guarantees continuity of service, enables fair and intelligent distribution of electricity between EV chargers and other sources in the building. This solution also helps limit impacts on electric infrastructure costs and avoid excess effects of prepaid electricity, while providing an excellent user experience for electric vehicle drivers. By using products from this range of solutions, it is possible to control the operation of up to 1,000 charging stations in multi-zone mode, ensuring adequate prioritization of charger users. The best of all is that there are no license fees in case of system expansion.

Read the story in the new issue of the Energy portal Magazine ELECTROMOBILITY.