Frequently Asked Questions

Why should parking lots or businesses install EV chargers?

Most Electric Vehicles have a range of between 30 and 100 miles, which means that EV owners will want to "top off" when they exceed roughly 50% of that range. Typically people who drive more than 20 miles in a single direction are either going to work (i.e. work place charging) or a personal destination like a shopping mall, airport, hospital or city center where they will stay for several hours. In most cases the parking in these destinations is provided by commercial parking operations, making this an ideal location for drivers to recharge before returning home.

Won't most people recharge at home?

Yes, because most people drive less than 20 miles a day and will want to recharge at home where it is less expensive. In fact, we believe there is not much need for EV chargers in neighborhoods for exactly this reason.

What about Apartment and Condo Dwellers?

Rental property owners are installing chargers and then offering them to tenants for a slight increase to their monthly rental fee. The tenant will receive the charge authorization code when they pay their rent each month. Condo owners will need to speak with their Homeowners Association to determine what policy has been established.

How is Liberty PlugIns' Synchronous Codes system different from other access or point-of-sale (POS) systems?

Most EV chargers have to be connected to a network in order to transmit the driver ID or credit card information and to activate the charger when the transaction is approved. This "networked" approach increases the cost and complexity of the EV charger and requires monthly fees to support the network.

In contrast, a "Liberty Enabled" EV charger does not require any network connection. The charge authorization code can be generated by the EVSE owner and given to customers, employees and guests. Codes can also be purchased from parking pay stations or from mobile payment providers via cell phone. There are no networking charges, account fees or transaction fees with this system. The charger owner receives 100% of the revenue.

How does this benefit the parking lot or business owner?

"Liberty Enabled" chargers are less expensive because there is no need for billing or networking hardware, and no need to install networking cables or a wireless system.

Charging revenues are collected on the same system as their parking revenues, with no need to interface with a proprietary billing system.

What is an Electric Vehicle Charging Network?

A privately owned network of electric vehicle chargers similar to a gas station. Most electric vehicle charging networks like Blink and ChargePoint are subscriber networks...EV owners must join the network and in return they receive an RFiD key fob that they display at the charger in order to gain access. Since these EV charging networks are private networks they do not accept the key fobs of the other network. It is also important to note that most of these networks do not accept credit cards.

What are the disadvantages of these proprietary charging networks systems?

Can I mix the way charge authorization codes are generated?

Yes. The charger doesn't care how the code was generated. It is possible to issue staff or employees a long duration charge authorization code (up to 1 year) and have the general public purchase a code from either a parking payment kiosk or a mobile payment system.