In the coming years, EQUANS will provide the charging infrastructure for the Municipality of Rotterdam using the Last Mile Solutions platform.
Under the auspices of the Municipality of Rotterdam, 30 municipalities united as the Collaborative Municipalities of South Holland (SGZH) called for tenders regarding the roll-out of the charging infrastructure for electric mobility in the region. For this tender, EQUANS (the new name for ENGIE Services) was looking for a partner for the digital services in and around the charging stations to be installed, and found it in Last Mile Solutions.
Rotterdam has set itself the aim of ensuring that the charging infrastructure can never be the impeding factor in the transition to electric transport. It must be possible for all (new) EV drivers to charge their cars within walking distance. Rotterdam was looking for the best possible service provision for this process and put out a tender that was won by EQUANS with support from Last Mile Solutions.
EQUANS and Last Mile Solutions
EQUANS will play two roles for the Municipality of Rotterdam: those of Charge Point Operator (CPO) and e-Mobility Service Provider (eMSP). In its role of CPO, EQUANS is responsible for the installation, operation, management and maintenance of the charging stations, acting as a project manager and driving innovation. By supplying charging cards and a user-friendly charging app, EQUANS will also act as the eMSP.
Last Mile Solutions supplies the Software as a Service (SaaS) platform which EQUANS can use to fulfil its CPO and eMSP roles with ease and efficiency. All the charging stations will be powered by the Last Mile Solutions software, covering a period of more than 8 years.
What does the LMS platform have to offer?
Among other things, EQUANS and the municipality use the platform for smart maintenance of the charging infrastructure. The near real-time status of the charging stations is shared with EQUANS through data connections. Malfunctions can then be identified with smart software even before the end user notices or reports them. By using this system, the LMS platform can guarantee an uptime of 99.8%.