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Pioneering the Electric Future: UWS Partners with Connekt EV Charging

The Problem

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) faced several challenges regarding electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across their Paisley and Ayr campuses.

The existing hardware comprised products from five different manufacturers, resulting in a fragmented and disjointed charging experience for users. Furthermore, there were no established charging networks linked to the current facilities, leading to confusion and inconvenience for EV drivers.

Another pressing concern was the absence of a clear maintenance provider, leaving the University in the dark about who to rely on for repairs and upkeep. Additionally, UWS found itself footing the bill for the electricity consumed without an effective means to quantify usage specific to EV charging. The lack of a structured system also hindered their ability to recover costs from EV drivers.

Connekt's Solution

To overcome these challenges and embrace a sustainable and user-friendly approach to EV charging, UWS opted for an extensive upgrade. Connekt EV Charging, a renowned provider of intelligent EV solutions, came to the forefront as the perfect partner for this transformative endeavor.

The comprehensive solution involved the installation of state-of-the-art 22kw Fast chargers, ensuring efficient charging and minimal wait times for EV drivers.

Connekt's seamless integration with the Connekt App and Network provided users with a unified and intuitive experience for accessing charging facilities across both campuses.

UWS's decision to access the Connekt portal further enhanced their control and management capabilities. Through this portal, the University gained valuable insights by running detailed usage reports, enabling them to optimize charging operations and plan for future expansions.

Achieving Financial Sustainability

One of the most significant advantages of partnering with Connekt was the ability to monetise the EV charging infrastructure. With Connekt's expertise, UWS devised a financially sustainable model that would support the continued rollout of charging facilities for years to come. The solution empowered the University to recover costs and generate revenue, ensuring a win-win situation for all stakeholders involved.

Empowering 24/7 Monitoring and Support

Connekt's cutting-edge technology offered UWS an unparalleled advantage – round-the-clock monitoring and support. The charging units were under constant surveillance, with real-time tracking of their performance and status. In case of any issues, the system allowed for instant remote rectification, ensuring minimal disruption to charging services. Additionally, Connekt provided UWS with the ability to release drivers remotely if they were inadvertently locked onto the chargers.

By partnering with Connekt EV Charging, the University of the West of Scotland took a giant leap towards a greener, more sustainable future. The transformation from fragmented charging infrastructure to a seamless and user-centric experience has set UWS as a model for other educational institutions. With the Connekt App and Network integration, coupled with comprehensive reporting and monetisation options, UWS is now well-positioned to support the electric revolution on their campuses for years to come.

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The Clever Bit

Our 22kw charging solution, based on an average 2 hour charging time offers roughly 180 miles of range, which is perfect for visitors attending the universities for classes and events. In addition to providing a convenient charging solution for visitors, students and staff, our charging solution can also help your business meet its net zero and sustainability commitments. The chargers are connected to our back office system, with drivers signing up via our Get Connekted app.

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