As the EV charging industry grows we are starting to see new business terms come up. And there is not necessarily wide agreement on their meaning.
Sometimes it seems that our industry is in the business of inventing acronyms!
In the wider business community, even our basic acronym - “EV” for electric vehicle – might not be familiar to everyone.
At least with electric vehicle technology-related acronyms, there is wide agreement, and plenty of resources available, to explain PHEV, BEV, FCEV, HEV etc.
But what about EV charging industry definitions… the charging industry insider terms… do you know your CPSO from your CPNO? Here’s how we see some of
All companies and organizations that run electric vehicle charging point networks as their core business, or as a division, business unit, or major project. Many EMOs are Chago customers.
A CPNO runs a network of charging points and is responsible for maintenance, service, supply: essentially looking after the network so it works for EV drivers.
This is not widely used but it may become a useful term in the future. CPSO refers to a supplier of
This is the hardware for electric vehicle charging, including charging points, cables
This is the back-office software that controls charging points. EMOs, CPNOs
"We consider Chago EV Cloud to be an advanced, next generation CPMS solution as it enables load balancing and performance monitoring, as well as collision detection, temperature and usage diagnostics for preventive maintenance. Chago EV Cloud works like a remote control for our hardware and also enables easy data flow to external systems."
As the world becomes more familiar with electric vehicles and technologies we will probably read more about the decline of “ICE”, the old-fashioned Internal Combustion Engine.
In the UK there is the popular Twitter account "I’ve been #ICEd" (@ivebeeniced) where EV drivers shame non-EV cars that have parked in spaces designated for charging.
Parking in the right bay and getting ICEd in charging bays
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