A connected charging station for more services

More than just a charging station for electric vehicles, Stations-e offers communities the opportunity to take advantage of a multiservice facility to fully integrate their territory into the era of energy transition, digital technology and smart cities.

“Our stations contribute to the decarbonization of transportation while fighting the digital divide, providing new solutions for local businesses and helping communities move towards a smart city,” says Dominique Pinon, sales and marketing director of Stations-e. The icing on the cake is that the installation of the infrastructure costs nothing to the host community, since the investment is borne by the company, as is its operation and maintenance.

The Stations-e take the form of a new urban furniture, a kiosk capable of hosting different services according to the needs of a territory. While the presence of one or more fast-charging stations meets a new expectation of citizens who want to get around while reducing their carbon footprint, the solutions devised by the company include other features, starting with the possibility of providing the digital services necessary for the attractiveness and economic growth of the area. Thanks to a mast of variable size, which can be perfectly integrated into its environment, a Stations-e can host the services of a telecom operator (4G, 5G or even a wifi hotspot) or of the Smart city (CO2, Pollen, noise or video surveillance sensors).

“With this installation, the charging station is also better indexed by the connected vehicles for which it is intended.

“Our charging stations are compatible with all electric mobility operators to facilitate access,” insists Dominique Pinon. The stations can also accommodate other types of clean mobility, such as bicycles or electric scooters, for larger communities or for travel within a community of municipalities.

“They also meet the needs of local authorities’ car-sharing projects, since by providing the recharging infrastructure, the local authority only has to finance the vehicle.

Other attached services

The installation of a Stations-e on a territory can also allow the implementation of connected lockers so that shopkeepers, craftsmen, and consumers benefit from new tools for local consumption and proximity services.

On the other hand, the kiosk has the possibility to gather connected services so that the municipality enters little by little in the era of the smart city. The pole then carries video protection, applications to measure air quality or any other device to capture useful data for the community. “We can host different service providers on the station. We build the infrastructure, maintain it and reduce their investment costs.” Dominique Pinon is referring in particular to video protection, which, beyond the equipment itself, can generate substantial budgetary envelopes for the implementation work, here made unnecessary by the mutualization of our Stations.

In consultation

While elected officials sometimes struggle to project themselves in a complex technological environment that is evolving at great speed, the company brings its skills to imagine stations capable of responding to the uses of today and tomorrow. However, Station-e works with local authorities to define the most appropriate locations for its stations and thus best meet the challenges of the territory. “We must be able to take into account economic development as well as digital coverage and the need for a recharging solution that is adapted to usage. The municipality must then grant the company a 12-year land-use permit. Stations-e, which already operates more than 100 charging points, plans to have 550 stations in service by the end of 2022 and to deploy 10,000 stations nationwide by the end of 2027.

Nadège Hubert