UniFi Connect - Manage EV Stations

Get Started

Before adopting your EV Station, ensure your UniFi Console is set up and running the latest version of UniFi Connect.

For a wired connectivity experience:

  1. Shut off the breaker.
  2. Connect the EV Station to your UniFi Console using an Ethernet cable.
  3. Turn on the breaker.
  4. Adopt the EV Station in UniFi Connect via the Site Manager, or with the UniFi Connect mobile app (iOS / Android).

For a wireless connectivity experience:

  1. Turn on the breaker.
  2. Ensure that the EV Station is in range of a UniFi WiFi Access Point (AP).
  3. Ensure that New Device Auto-Link is enabled in UniFi Network at Settings > System > Advanced.
  4. Adopt the EV Station in UniFi Connect via the Site Manager, or with the UniFi Connect mobile app (iOS / Android).

Note: Wireless connectivity is supported with EV Station and EV Station Pro version 1.0.262 and later. To wirelessly adopt a device running an earlier version, first adopt it via wired Ethernet connection, update it to the latest version, and then remove and readopt it wirelessly. An EV Station’s device version can be found in Device Information on its display.

Station Security

By default, EV Stations are configured with an Open usage mode, allowing anyone to plug in and charge. In UniFi Connect, you can disable charging entirely or switch to a different Station Security mode that requires users to unlock the EV Station before charging.

UniFi Identity and QR Code access modes are currently available. NFC card access and paid EV charging is coming soon.

UniFi Identity Mode

Manage user access to EV Stations within UniFi Identity. Authorized users have one-tap access to assigned EV Stations with the UniFi Identity mobile app. UniFi Identity and UniFi Identity Enterprise are both supported.

For UniFi Identity:

  1. Ensure your UniFi Console meets UniFi Identity requirements.
  2. In UniFi Connect, select UniFi Identity for the EV Station’s Station Security within its device settings.
  3. Go to OS Settings > Admins & Users > Users and assign the EV Station to authorized users.
  4. Send a UniFi Identity invitation link to the authorized users.
  5. Users can download and use the UniFi Identity mobile app (iOS / Android) for one-tap access to their assigned EV Stations.

For UniFi Identity Enterprise: Refer to this guide on enabling EV Station access.

QR Code Mode

Generate authorized QR codes for users to unlock EV Stations with. Ideal for temporary, one-time, or visitor access.

  1. Go to UniFi Connect and click on QR Code after navigating to Settings > EV Stations.
  2. Generate a QR Code with your desired expiration setting.
  3. Go to UniFi Connect and select QR Code for the EV Station’s Station Security within its device settings.
  4. Provide the QR Code to the user.
  5. Users can then hold the QR code up to the EV Station’s camera to unlock it and begin charging.

Fallback Security

Set a Fallback Security mode in case the EV Station cannot reach its UniFi Console or the internet.

  • Open: Anyone can use the EV Station while it’s offline.
  • No Access: No one can use the EV Station while it’s offline.

Power Output

Breaker Amperage

If you change an EV Station’s circuit breaker hardware to one with a different rating, update the EV Station’s Breaker Amperage setting to configure it the appropriate output amperage. Please make sure the Breaker Amperage setting matches the value listed on the label of the circuit breaker.

Refer to this table for supported output amperage:

Circuit Breaker Rating

Max. Load

Plug-In Installation

Hardwired Installation
70A

50A

No Yes
60A

48A

No Yes
50A

40A

Yes Yes
40A

32A

Yes Yes
30A

24A

Yes Yes
20A

16A

Yes Yes

Maximum Output

An EV Station will charge according to its Maximum Output setting. You can choose a value between the minimum and maximum output for the EV Station.

  • Minimum output: 6A
  • Maximum output: Max. Load listed in the table above.

Note: If your previous Maximum Output setting is higher than the maximum load of your new Breaker Amperage setting, UniFi Connect will automatically adjust Maximum Output to the new maximum load value.

Digital Signage

The EV Station and EV Station Pro feature an ultra-bright, digital signage ready display. To configure your EV Stations for digital signage applications:

  1. Prepare images or videos with a 800 x 1280 pixel resolution and 10:16 aspect ratio for the best fit.
  2. Review this article for additional guidance on optimizing your media content.
  3. In UniFi Connect, navigate to Media Content to upload images or videos. Create a playlist to present a series of images and videos in sequence.
  4. Go to the EV Station’s device settings and assign a single media content file or a playlist for the EV Station to automatically play after a period of inactivity.
  5. Configure settings:
    1. Content Fit: Fit to Screen / Fill Screen
    2. Play When Inactive For: 30 seconds / 1 Minute / 2 Minutes / 5 Minutes

Note: Digital signage playback will end if the EV Station is currently unavailable for charging.

Scheduling

Create an Automation to control multiple EV Stations simultaneously, on a schedule or manually. Below are some example use cases of how Automations can be used with EV Stations.

Only Allow Access at Certain Times

To only allow charging by authorized UniFi Identity users during business hours:

  1. Create an Automation.
  2. Associate EV Stations and set Station Security to UniFi Identity.
  3. Set the Trigger Type to weekly on weekdays at 9:00 am.
  4. Create another Automation.
  5. Associate the same EV Stations and disable charging.
  6. Set the Trigger Type to weekly on weekdays at 5:00 pm and save.
Play Different Media Content at Different Time

To run regular ad campaigns on EV Stations, with a limited ad campaign at a specific date and time:

  1. Create an Automation.
  2. Associate EV Stations and assign regular marketing content under Digital Signage.
  3. Set the Trigger Type to daily at 10:00 am.
  4. Create another Automation.
  5. Associate the same EV Stations and assign marketing content for the limited campaign under Digital Signage.
  6. Set the Trigger Type to once on the desired campaign date and time
Charge with a Different Maximum Output at Different Times of the Day

To manage electricity costs by configuring EV Stations to charge with higher maximum output (32A) during off-peak hours (12:00 am - 6:00 am) and lower maximum power output (15A) during peak hours (6:00 am to 11:59 pm):

  1. Create an Automation.
  2. Associate EV Stations and set Maximum Output to 32A.
  3. Set the Trigger Type to daily at 12:00 am.
  4. Create another Automation.
  5. Associate the same EV Stations and set Maximum Output to 15A.
  6. Set the Trigger Type to daily at 6:00 am.

 

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