EV charging system addresses fleet, multifamily property challenges

EV charging system addresses fleet, multifamily property challenges

Atom Power has announced the launch of PURPL. PURPL is Atom Power’s EV charging solution that charges vehicles directly from the circuit breaker and incorporates unique energy management technology to keep electricity costs low. These capabilities provide utilities, cities, property and fleet owners with a dual solution to increase access to EV charging and upgrade electrical infrastructure needed to meet transportation electrification goals, the company says. 

PURPL also addresses common pain points related to large-scale EV charging installations for fleet owners and at multi-family buildings, the company says. When multiple chargers are used at these locations, it increases electricity demand. If the demand exceeds the historic “peak demand,” electricity costs increase dramatically, Atom Power says. If not managed properly with a capable infrastructure-based EV charging system, it can mean the difference between charging one EV for $18/month or $476/month. Atom Power’s Energy Management system can sense demand changes within seconds vs 15min gaps for traditional charging solutions.

Prior to the official launch, Atom Power secured the largest single-contract multi-family electric vehicle charging project in New York City. The contract was originally for 355 EV chargers and has since increased to more than 500 chargers.

One multi-family building in Queens, New York City is installing 90 PURPL charging solutions. Adding EV charging will increase the building’s electricity demand, and when a building’s demand exceeds the historic “peak demand”, the cost of electricity increases dramatically. Because people tend to start charging their vehicles after work between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Atom Power says its modeling shows the electricity needed to charge 20 EVs will, in fact, exceed “peak demand” for significant periods of time throughout a given month. However, PURPL’s energy management technology keeps additional costs to the overall utility bill low by maintaining electricity demand from EV charging below the building’s “peak demand.” Charging these 20 EVs will result in only an additional $989 charge on the building’s monthly utility bill versus potentially $10,148 without energy management integrated into EV charging infrastructure. 

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