What is Smart Car (EV) Charging?

Electric vehicle smart charging optimizes the charging process using advanced technologies to improve efficiency and reduce the impact on the grid.

Electric vehicle (EV) smart charging refers to the use of advanced technologies and techniques to optimize the charging process for electric vehicles. Smart charging involves the management of when and how much an electric vehicle is charged, in order to maximize efficiency and minimize the impact on the electric grid.

Goals of smart charging

One of the main goals of EV smart charging is to optimize the charging process in order to minimize the impact on the electric grid. This is important because electric vehicles can place significant demands on the grid, particularly during periods of high demand. Smart charging technologies and techniques can be used to manage the charging process in a way that reduces strain on the grid, while still ensuring that electric vehicles are charged in a timely and efficient manner.

Components of smart charging

There are several key components to EV smart charging:

  1. Smart chargers: These are charging stations that are equipped with advanced capabilities for managing the charging process. Smart chargers can communicate with the electric vehicle and the electric grid to optimize charging based on factors such as the availability of renewable energy, grid capacity, and the vehicle’s charging needs. 
  2. Smart energy management: This refers to the use of advanced technologies and techniques to optimize the use of energy within a given system. In the context of EV smart charging, this might involve using renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind power, to charge the electric vehicles, or using advanced algorithms to optimize the charging process based on real-time data.
  3. Smart charging technologies: There are several different technologies that can be used to support EV smart charging. These might include advanced algorithms for optimizing the charging process, advanced energy storage systems, and intelligent power management systems that can adjust the charging rate based on the availability of renewable energy or grid capacity.

How do drivers benefit from smart charging?

There are several ways in which drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) can benefit from smart charging:

  1. Lower electricity costs: Smart chargers can be programmed to charge EVs during off-peak periods, when electricity rates are generally lower. This can help to reduce the overall cost of charging the vehicle.
  2. Increased convenience: Smart chargers can be accessed remotely and can be programmed to charge the EV at specific times or when the battery reaches a certain level. This can make the charging process more convenient for drivers.
  3. Improved battery life: Smart chargers can use advanced algorithms to optimize the charging process based on the needs of the battery. This can help to extend the life of the battery and reduce the need for costly replacements.
  4. Reduced impact on the electric grid: By charging EVs during off-peak periods and using renewable energy sources, smart charging can help to reduce the strain on the electric grid and minimize the impact of EVs on the grid.


Wevo Energy is a leading provider of software solutions for smart EV charging. We provide a software platform that supports every scenario: apartment complexes, workplaces, fleets, destination and public charging.


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