Enel subsidiary eMotorwerks has partnered with UK-based manufacturer of electric vehicle (EV) chargers, EO Charging, to launch UK’s and Europe’s smartest home charger.
The two will integrate their solutions to provide users with smart scheduling and charging using energy from solar pv systems and grid services.
eMotorwerks will provide its JuiceNet platform for integration with EO Charging's Mini Pro to help EV users save both energy and costs when charging.
JuiceNet is a cloud-based platform aggregating and managing charging station demands whilst EO Mini Pro is the smallest fast charger in the UK to deliver smart grid connected home charging capabilities.
The product will be ready for the market early 2019 and will help customers charging to:
- Use smartphone charging control and an online dashboard
- Schedule charging times – helping EV drivers benefit from cheaper electricity
- The system will send alerts and reminders to optimise charging
- Allow EV drivers to utilise more green energy from the grid
- View historical charging data via the dashboard – ideal for fleet managers wanting to reimburse employees for charging at home
- Lower driving costs by enabling EV drivers to earn or save money when their energy provider offers dynamic tariffs or demand response type programmes for charging (or not charging) at certain times
Valery Miftakhov, founder and CEO of eMotorWerks, said: "As more UK drivers opt for an electric car, and the UK increases its renewable energy supply, we're pleased to partner with EO Charging and together offer the UK's smartest chargers on the market.
"By participating in energy services, such as demand response, drivers can reduce EV operating costs and relieve pressure on the grid at times of stress."
Charlie Jardine, Founder & CEO at EO Charging, said: "We see electric vehicle chargers as more than 'just a plug', they're the gateway to the future of mobility and the first piece of the puzzle in giving people energy autonomy. Electric vehicles represent the most disruptive technology the modern power network has ever witnessed."
"Whilst we have seen success in the home charging market with the standard EO Mini, we've not had a true 'smart-home offering."
The UK is expected to record an increase in EVs following the passing of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018.