For fabricating the application, our team discussed the requirements with the client and identified the primary needs and challenges.
A primary requirement of our client was to provide direction to the customer for reaching the nearby EV charging station. The demand was to provide an accurate map with voice controls for easy navigation. In addition, the application must be able to connect with the car to evaluate whether the car can reach to destination station with current charging or not.
The following requirement was to leverage customers to pay via multiple online payment gateways. And it must include digital wallets, debit cards, credit cards, net banking, UPI, USSD, Pre-paid card, and AEPS. In addition, the application should enable the user to add money to their registered app account and directly pay through it.
The app should support all major modes, whether VISA, Mastercard, PayPal, Paytm, Amazon Pay, Google Pay, or any other mechanism.
The next challenge was to introduce custom notifications and alerts. The app must connect with the electric car and allows the user to set a charging limit. The application must send a charging alert whenever the charging goes below the defined limit. Besides, the user must get notifications about charging the vehicle and reminders about booked slots at the charging station.
To streamline the operations at the EV charging station and make the process effortless for end-user, our client demanded a slot booking facility in the app. Through it, the customers can find a free slot according to their comfort and visit the station to charge their vehicle. Additionally, they can pay in advance for smooth punch-in and punch-out.
The application inputs, stores, and processes personal and confidential information about the vehicle and the user. And it makes it necessary to maintain data integrity and availability to only authorized customers. Our team proposed the requirement of aligning the app with all major security standards for protecting overall data flow, comprising payments, automobile details, and personal information.
According to our ally, users must create an account to utilize the services through the charging station finder application. For registering on the app, a name, phone number, and email id are basic needs of the user. In addition, a customer can create an account by using third-party login mechanisms, such as Google and Outlook.
Moreover, if someone wants to register their charging station on the platform, they must create an account and fill out the required information.
Portal for Charging Station Owners
The following requirement was to create a portal to be used at charging stations. Through this interface, the station staff must be able to view the booked and free slots along with payment status. In addition, the app leverages them to cancel bookings 32 hours before the user’s slot.
Filter and Find
Each electric vehicle requires a different plug for charging its battery. And to find the most appropriate station for the vehicle, the filtering feature was an essential requisite. In addition, it must leverage customers to find all the charging stations between their starting and destination location, along with discovering the charging station of a specific company.