ISSUE INVOICE TO DRIVER - COSMOS BILLING
COSMOS is a billing solution and access control system for charging stations located in private strata and body corporate car parks. COSMOS is an embedded network billing system designed to generate invoices for charging station operators who provide charging stations located in controlled parking areas of the kind commonly associated with residential apartment and commercial office developments.
Common area car parking in strata and body corporate car parks presents a number of problems for electric vehicle car owners.
Most common area car parks do not have electric vehicle car charging facilities. Electric vehicle car charging stations can be retrofitted to common area car parks. This normally requires a change to the strata by-laws as the walls of common area car parks and the embedded wiring are normally owned by the strata rather than the owners.
Free charging from common area power is likely to raise the ire of unit owners who do not wish to subsidise another owner who just happens to have an electric car. Electric vehicle car charging can cost $1000 per vehicle per year.
There needs to be a system in place to meter electric vehicle charging and bill electric vehicle owners accordingly.
Access to charging stations needs to be restricted to prevent charging stations being used by non-authorised users
Generally speaking, most body corporates are putting the charging stations in visitor car parking bays until such time as the owners request charging stations for their own parking bays. Stations in visitor car parking bays are essentially public charging stations as the drivers cannot be identified. These stations need to be connected to a pay as you go billing system such as the Charge Star platform described above. Private charging stations which are installed in designated car parking bays assigned to individual drivers can be locked down to one driver using RFID card access. These stations can be connected to an invoicing billing system. The drivers are billed in arrears.