ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING

Electric Vehicles are bringing an enormous shift in the way we travel, not least the way in which we will fuel our cars. The market is developing fast with more than 230,000 plug-in vehicles registered in the UK to the end of August 2019, and the market is growing exponentially. This is going to have a significant impact on the built environment, and commercial real estate owners and developers need to embrace this change. Syzygy has developed EVlab, a market leading software to enable individual sites to be analysed and for EV charging requirements to be forecast looking out to 2030. Sites can be ranked to enable the effective deployment of capital, but importantly getting the right amount of chargers, the correct charger speed and of course selecting the best hardware and operating solution are critical. Electric Vehicle charging, certainly in the retail environment, is going to be a service that landlords/owners are providing shoppers. the quality, availability and reliability of that service is incredibly important.

Examples of EVlab output

case study | Chaucer house, leatherhead

challenge

As part of an office refurbishment, our client was looking to implement a workplace charging service to attract new tenants and promote sustainable transport to and from site. Proprietary hardware tied to a back-office provider had been provisionally specified under the main contract and Syzygy were asked to provide a detailed specification setting out:

  • Hardware guidelines
  • Recommend Operator platform (back office and front end)
  • Service Level Agreement with operators
  • Maintenance contracts (KPI’s, Penalties, SLA’s)

solution

Syzygy re-specified the charging solution, recommending open protocol dual 7kW charging units supplying 8 electric vehicle charging bays. Syzygy also recommended the appointment of a specialist charge point operator (CPO) to run the workplace charging service and advised on the p/kWh rate for charging based on an assessment of local market charging rates. Ongoing operational performance will be monitored as part of Syzygy’s services.

outcome

Syzygy’s advice resulted in a high quality workplace charging service. Depending on level of charge, this service allows employees to charge their vehicles in under two hours. Fast charging speeds combined with queueing functionality makes for an efficient charging service. The service is being effectively leveraged in the marketing of the building.

As part of the client’s sustainability strategy, Syzygy have also specified and project managed the installation of a rooftop solar PV system which will supply the chargers with solar energy, integrating the two technologies.