Siemens and Digital Charging Solutions simplify zero-emission fleets
Jointly developed service offers corporate customers access to more than 190,000 public charging points in currently 21 European countries
- Erlangen, Germany
Siemens Smart Infrastructure and Digital Charging Solutions (DCS) are collaborating to help ease the transition to electromobility for fleet drivers and managers. The initial result of this collaboration is a new Siemens charging service called Enterprise Charging Network. This service provides a simple end-to-end solution for charging at the company site, in the public and at home, thus standardizing the charging experience for drivers and reducing the effort for fleet managers.
Simplified processes for fleet drivers and managers
Drivers of company-owned electric vehicles can charge the same way wherever they are, using just one company charging card and app. They have access to the charging infrastructure at their own company sites as well as to over 190,000 public charging points in 21 European countries.
All charging processes, regardless of where they take place, are billed via an integrated monthly invoice in the fleet portal. This gives fleet managers transparency over all operations while reducing the administrative overhead.
The Enterprise Charging Network service is the initial result of the cooperation between Siemens and Digital Charging Solutions, which aims to make electromobility as accessible and usable for fleet customers as possible, thus promoting its adoption and expansion. To this end, the partners intend to connect electric vehicles, charging operations and the charging infrastructure intelligently and digitally to optimize the user experience for fleet drivers and simplify the processes for fleet managers. DCS brings Europe’s largest charging network with validated charging infrastructure point of interest (POI) data to the collaboration.
“Electrifying corporate fleets comes with a variety of challenges. In addition to the management and maintenance of the hardware, the main thing is making charging and the associated processes as simple as possible. Charging corporate fleets needs to be as easy as charging a smartphone. Together with Digital Charging Solutions, we successfully launched a charging service that does just that,” says Jean-Christoph Heyne, Head of Future Grid at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “In addition, we see potential in working with DCS and its OEM partners on on-board vehicle services because fleet drivers need a unified user experience – whether they’re using the charging app on their smartphone or an app in their vehicle. This is the only way companies operating large fleets will play a greater role in expanding electromobility over the long term.”
Intelligently connecting electric vehicles and charging infrastructure
“As an important player in the technology sector, Siemens is able to interconnect different areas, including charging infrastructure, distributed power generation and building technology. After all, linking electric vehicles and smart infrastructure doesn’t end at the charging station. While Siemens provides the right technology and services for EV charging at work and at home, we, as their partner, ensure a constantly growing public charging network. Together we integrate all charging processes, whether on the road, at work or at home, and offer companies a simple, reliable and convenient charging solution for their employees while at the same time creating the use cases of tomorrow,” explained Markus Bartenschlager, Managing Director of Digital Charging Solutions GmbH.
Both companies are working on bringing additional joint solutions to the market. Over the last year, Siemens has continually expanded its portfolio of electromobility solutions. Its charging infrastructure portfolio includes solutions for slower charging during longer periods of non-use, including the Versicharge AC wall box, the depot chargers of the Sicharge UC family, and the Sicharge D fast charger for dynamic and parallel charging in between. This allows Siemens to provide corporate customers with the right solution for every application – be it at work, at home, in fleet depots or in public spaces. Customers can also take advantage of modular services such as operations and servicing, access and billing management as well as integrated charging management. The new Enterprise Charging Network service rounds out these offerings.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. Active around the world, the company focuses on intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems and on automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Siemens brings together the digital and physical worlds to benefit customers and society. Through Mobility, a leading supplier of intelligent mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is helping to shape the world market for passenger and freight services. Via its majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital health services. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation of electrical power that has been listed on the stock exchange since September 28, 2020.