Multiforce Systems Corp. has introduced Driver Alerts and Reservations to their new FuelForce EV™ fleet fueling solution. EV (electric vehicle) fueling commonly occurs while the driver is away from their vehicle at work or play. Because of limited charger locations at most particular parking areas, the system needed a way to alert drivers when their EV is charged or when a charging station becomes available.
The Driver Alerts and Reservations system helps efficiently communicate and coordinate EV charging station activity and utilization. An EV driver can enter their mobile phone number at time of authorization to receive charging status messages. FuelForce-EV™ will alert the EV driver when the process starts, ends, or is interrupted prior to completion.
Better still, when all the charging stations in the lot are in use, the unique FuelForce-EV™ reservation feature can alert the driver when a specific charging station is available. The driver can return to initiate their own EV charging session.
“The EV driver may reserve more than one charging station at a time, taking advantage of parking lot topology to receive a text when the next charger nearby is free,” notes Chris Bates, VP of Development.
Fleet managers can tune the minimum charging and reservation durations to maximize efficiency, minimize EVSE requirements, and elegantly inform and reassure EV drivers.
FuelForce-EV™ authorizes charging then monitors, and accounts for the energy dispensed to vehicles. The FuelForce EV™ Driver Alerts and Reservations feature helps optimize a fleet’s facility utilization while controlling EV Fleet Fueling cost.
“This is one of many planned enhancements for FuelForce-EV,” said Warren Williams, Director of EV Fueling Development . “Multiforce has always been a pioneer in fuel management. With the ever-growing base of electric vehicles, the time has come for a fuel management system to help fleet managers control electric vehicle charging costs from the same platform they use to manage any other fuel.”
Founded in 1981, Multiforce Systems Corporation has been continually innovating and developing FuelForce fuel management systems. Multiforce pioneered the concept of an automated fuel management system that did not require input devices for authorization and was the first to offer a cloud-based fuel management system with the launch of FuelServe.net in 2007. With a focus on new technologies, Multiforce’s FuelForce® systems quickly have become the industry standard for effective fleet fuel management.