Client: Alton Blakley Honda Dealership
Location: 2190 S Hwy 27, Somerset, KY 42501. Greater Lexington Area
Challenge: As the demand for electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow in Kentucky, Alton Blakley Honda dealership recognized the need to provide an affordable and reliable EV charging solution for their expanding fleet. With a commitment to ensuring a hassle-free car shopping experience, the dealership sought a solution that aligned with their customer-centric values.
Solution: In 2023, Alton Blakley Honda approached CyberSwitching for an EV charging solution. After a thorough assessment, CyberSwitching recommended the installation of two CSE1 Dual charging stations, allowing the dealership to charge up to four cars simultaneously. This not only met the immediate needs of the dealership but also allowed for future scalability.
Integration with AmpUp Software Management Platform: With the initial plan to open the charging station for public use, CyberSwitching integrated the charging stations with the AmpUp software management platform. This integration would have facilitated public access, billing, and monitoring of the charging stations. However, after installation, the dealership decided to keep the chargers private for their own fleet.
Seamless Transition to Private Mode: CyberSwitching demonstrated flexibility and responsiveness by swiftly assisting Alton Blakley Honda in transitioning the charging stations to private mode. The integration of RFID cards enabled secure and controlled access to the charging stations, eliminating the need for yearly subscription fees associated with public charging.
Flexibility for Future Public Use: Despite the decision to keep the chargers private, CyberSwitching ensured that Alton Blakley Honda retained the flexibility to open the charging station for public use in the future. This process requires the assistance of CyberSwitching specialists and can be completed in approximately 15 minutes, providing the dealership with the freedom to adapt to changing circumstances and customer demands.
Outcome: The installation of two Dual Chargers on pedestals has equipped Alton Blakley Honda with a reliable and efficient EV charging solution. The dealership can now seamlessly charge their electric vehicles, contributing to the growth of their EV fleet. The customer expressed satisfaction with the user-friendly nature of the solution and highlighted the consistent support received from CyberSwitching.
Scalability: Two CSE1 Dual charging stations allow simultaneous charging of four cars, meeting current needs with room for future expansion.
Flexibility: The ability to transition between private and public charging modes provides adaptability to changing business requirements.
Reliability: The EV charging solution provided by CyberSwitching is praised for its ease of use and consistent performance.
Cost-Effectiveness: Alton Blakley Honda benefited not only from the cost efficiency of the charging stations themselves, which are recognized as the most cost-efficient commercial charging solution in the market, but also from the elimination of annual subscription fees with the integration of RFID cards for private access. This combination makes the CyberSwitching solution a financially sound investment for the dealership, aligning with their commitment to providing affordable and reliable services.
In conclusion, the collaboration between Alton Blakley Honda and CyberSwitching demonstrates the importance of a flexible and responsive EV charging solution in meeting the evolving needs of automotive dealerships in the electric vehicle era, all while maintaining a focus on cost-effectiveness and long-term financial sustainability.
Nick Zamanov is a head of sales and business development at Cyber Switching. He is an expert in EV infrastructure space and he is an EV enthusiast since 2012, Since then Nick strongly believed that electric vehicles would eventually replace Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cars.