With the explosion in sales of electric vehicles (EVs) the global infrastructure supporting EV charging stations is exploding as well. What is also developing is the software needed to run these charging stations – and Finland’s Virta is leading the way, supporting both users and suppliers while creating a global industry standard.
European Market leader Virta doesn’t do hardware or get involved with installing EV charging stations. What it does do is develop systems that are compatible, no matter what the hardware or charging station being installed. To put it another way, Virta’s cloud-based platform includes everything needed to build a charging business, from charging infrastructure management to end customer services and smart energy management solutions. It is an end-to-end solution for EV charging, providing services for companies who own and operate charging stations, as well as services for companies who want to provide mobile apps for drivers and want to handle payments and money flows. Virta’s digital platform connects all of these hundreds and thousands of companies together so that EV drivers can charge their cars anywhere, whether that’s in Europe or around the globe, connecting charging station operators to hundreds of thousands of EV drivers.
But different companies in different countries use different kinds of hardware – and this is where Virta’s solution really shines.
“There are a lot of different charging station models around the world,” explains Jussi Ahtikari, CTO at Virta. “Our solution is currently compatible with more than 200 of them and we’re growing that number all the time. This is critical, since there is a clear market need for an open platform that works with all kinds of hardware and all across the globe.”