The be.ENERGISED rate management enables you to define different rates per charging connector depending on the end-customer that is using the charging station. The following configuration example describes, how it is possible to setup different rates for customers while using the same charging stations.
Planned rate constellations
Before you start setting up the individual rates, consider on what you want to realize with your configuration. In our example, we assume, that you want to configure different prices for the following groups of customers:
- Default EMU's
- Employees of the company
- VIP EMU's
These customers are are managed in 2 companies (which act as Sub-EMPs in your instance) and they should be invoiced followed by the following pricing model:
- 10 Employees (Shall charge for free on all stations of Company #1)
- 5 EMU’s (Default price EUR 2,50/kWh)
- 2 VIP EMU’s (lower cost rate EUR 1/kWh on all charging stations of Company #1)
- 10 charging stations (Default price EUR 5,50/kWh)
- 10 VIP EMU’s (Default price EUR 1,50/kWh)
We also assume, that the charging station that should be used is installed within the same be.ENERGISED instance. All rates, that are used for invoicing of EMUs will be managed in EMU tariffs that will be assigned to authentication medias and will be assigned by this to the customers that will use your charging stations.
Basically, you need to configure different cost rates in your instance which will describe the pricing configuration which can be applied to customers. Please follow the guide for creating new cost rate definitions to create a cost rate definition for each different price rate. To realize the configuration listed in the planned rate constellations, you need to setup the following cost rates in your system:
- Default price Company #1 (will contain EUR 2,50 / kWh
- Default price Company #2 (will contain EUR 5,50 / kWh)
- VIP conditions Company #1 (will contain EUR 1,00 / kWh)
- VIP conditions Company #2 (will contain (EUR 1,50 / kWh)
- Employees (will contain EUR 0,00 / kWh)
After creating the cost rates, you can proceed to the creation of new tariffs. Technically, there are several ways to realize the planned scenario. We would suggest to use the following rate configuration to minimize the administrative tasks in the case of updates to your pricing policy in future:
- Create a rate for EMU's of company #1
- Create a rate for EMU's of company #2
- Create a rate for the employees of company #1
- Create a rate for the VIP EMU's of company #1
- Create a rate for the VIP EMU's of company #2
Within this tutorial we'll keep focus only on this scenario based on 5 individual rates.
Start configuration of tariffs
You can now start with the configuration of the individual tariffs you want to use in your system. To realize the case listed above, you need to create 3 different EMU rates at the system.
Within the rate configuration add a new tariff to the system and define a name for this rate, that enables you to assign the correct rate later on in the system. You need to select "EMU Tariff" for all the 3 rates you need to configure.
After creating a tariff, you need to proceed to define the pricing policy for this rate. This means, you need to open the conditions sheet of the rate and configure the rate as follows:
Within the planned conditions, the configuration of the rates is very simple. This means, we will configure a default cost rate for each tariff and just configure the different price configurations per rate, e.g. as displayed in the following screenshot:
For the default EMUs we've setup the default rate as fallback cost rate configuration, if no other matching cost rate will be found. After that, we will add a separate configuration for the operator company #2, which is assigned to the charging station as charging stations operator in the infrastructure section of be.ENERGISED (Edit -> Basic information -> Operator). This will cause, that the rate will use a different cost rate in the case the EMU is charging at a charging station, that is owned by company #2.
We will repeat this configuration also for the employees and VIP customers with the same configuration as described in the EMU sample. We will always use a default rate to be defined as the base rate that will fit the rate, if no other configuration was found.
After completing this rate configuration, you need to assign the specific rate to the authentication media of the customer. After that, the price configuration will be assigned automatically to all charging stations, that have been configured in the rate pricing rules.
The result of this configuration will be a behavior in the following functionality:
- The default price for all EMU’s in the system is EUR 2,50/kWh on all charging stations of company #1 and EUR 5,50/kWh on the charging stations of company #2
- If an employee of company #1 uses a charging station that is owned by company #1 he will charge for free, but if he will use a charging station of company #2 he will be charged EUR 5,50/kWh.
- If a VIP EMU of company #1 uses a charging station that is owned by company #1 he will pay EUR 1/kWh. But if he uses one of company #2 he will have to pay EUR 5,50/kWh.
- If a VIP EMU of company #2 uses a charging station that is owned by company #2 he will pay EUR 1,50/kWh. But if he will use one of company #1 he will have to pay EUR 2,50/kWh.