Are you running an EV charging business, building an application, or looking to customize your EV charging management? Sooner than later, you will need to build customized interfaces -- imagine dashboards for customers, automated monthly invoices, publishing charging station locations to Google Maps, sending usage reports to drivers, or even making a full driver reservation and EV charging load management system.
eDRV's webhooks make it possible to achieve all these objectives and more in a breeze. With webhooks and our no code integrations with Zapier, network owners and developers have the ability to automatically send real-time data from one app to another when a specified event occurs. Any events triggered within your EV charging network can be used to launch an automation. Some commonly used events include those involving users, charging stations, connectors, commands and transactions.
As they only transfer data in the case of an event, webhooks are considered more efficient than polling data and can be easier on server loads. The real-time nature of webhooks also keeps your apps fresh and updated instead of having to wait for the next polling cycle to refresh data. At eDRV, we want to make it easier for your apps to function through the use of webhooks. To learn more, check out our developer documentation.
Can I use eDRV Webhooks with Zapier?
Of course! Zapier is a widely-used integration and automation tool that is secure, scalable and that is trusted by companies of all sizes around the world. You can connect your EV charging network with more than 3000 other popular apps. eDRV with Zapier puts your business-building application development in the fast lane.
From no-code apps to connecting eDRV to a host of databases (e.g. data warehousing), Zapier integrations will be an easy and indispensable way to scale your EV charging business.
Keen to get started with your Zapier integration? Find our easy-to-use tutorial on how best to integrate Zapier into your charging network on our docs site.
What else can I do using webhooks?
Webhooks have a bunch of use cases that extend beyond sending welcome emails when onboarding your customers that have registered with eDRV. Some of the most important applications your charging network will need will include the following use cases.
Webhooks can help you build intelligent power management applications for EV charging. From intelligent load management within a group of connectors to reacting in real time to upstream power congestion, your customers are likely to see the benefits of smart charging. For more, be sure to check out our guide on real time transaction power management.
Smart Reservation Systems
Need a way to build a queuing system for drivers in real time? Using webhooks on connector status events you can find the most efficient way to get your EV drivers charging at a station and back on the road again.
Let your customers know which charge stations are available by reporting availability by connector for each of your locations in near real-time. Using webhooks, you can transparently let customers know which charging stations are available for use, without them having to leave their favorite mapping or EV routing service.
At eDRV, our goal is to make your charging network fully accessible to you and your customers. With webhooks, the possibilities for automation and integration are endless. Over the next few weeks, we will share additional posts highlighting these use cases and more, so please be sure to come back later and check out our blog pages.
If you are ready to build and want to jump in to try it out already, then head over to a more detailed guide on how to create webhooks by checking out this guide.