With a target set for 50% of new vehicles in the U.S. to be electric by 2030, utilities and fleet operators are expected to play a critical role in managing the fast-growing EV charging ecosystem.
To meet this challenge, Rhythmos, a business and technology consulting firm specializing in data and integration, and Driivz, a developer of a charging and management software platform, announced July 11 that they are teaming up to provide EV charging for utilities and fleets.
The Rhythmos utility-deployed solution can more than double charging capacity by optimizing charging schedules pushed through the Driivz EV charging and energy management platform to participating customers.
The Driivz platform, which already manages tens of thousands of charging points globally, will soon optimize onsite charging of EV fleet vehicles to meet the needs of fleet operators and within the constraints of the utility infrastructure through integration with Rhythmos’ platform.
Rhythmos and Driivz are targeting utilities in California to kickstart the partnership.
“Our progressive solution for EV charging and energy management combined with Rhythmos’ utility expertise and technology is critical for the industry as high-volume EV charging soars,” said founder and CEO of Driivz Doron Frenkel in a recent news release.
Rhythmos and Driivz have built software platforms spanning the EV charging ecosystem.
Driivz provides charging and energy management solutions allowing utilities, automakers, and EV charging companies to deliver modular services to fleets, commercial and industrial buildings, residential buildings, and other customers.
Designed by utility professionals, the Rhythmos platform empowers utilities and fleet operators to optimize EV charging, enhance grid reliability, and accelerate the adoption of EVs.
Utility professionals designed the company’s SaaS platform to address the growing impact of EVs on electric utilities and bring predictability, flexibility, and intelligent energy management to the grid, facilitating faster, more reliable, and cost-efficient EV adoption for fleets and utilities.
"For a typical utility using our platform, we estimate that EV penetrations can double, or more, compared to unmanaged or time-of-use based EV charging without upgrades and associated expense,” said Ken Munson, CEO of Rhythmos.
Driivz manages EV transactions for EV drivers and repairs up to 80% of operations issues remotely. The company supports over 750 charger models and is certified for OCPP 2.0.1. As a provider of modern analytics and smart energy management solutions for the EV industry, Rhythmos uses modern analytics to address the needs of fleet managers, operators, planners, and utility partners.
With scalable and modular functionality, Rhythmos provides a comprehensive network solution that adapts and grows with customers, offering predictability, flexibility, and real-time transparency.
Rhythmos also uses secure, industry-standard protocols to integrate charging with existing utility enterprise systems.
The platform draws on supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), outage management system (OMS) and graphical information system (GIS) data from the grid, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) data from smart meters, market and dispatch signals from system operators and API integrations spanning the entire emerging EV charging and vehicle telematics ecosystem.
Originally posted on Charged Fleet