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Two companies have been successful in Iberdrola’s first global startup challenge of 2020, which aims to find innovative ways to enhance collaborative charging for electric vehicles. 

The challenge is part of Madrid in Motion, an urban mobility hub launched by barrabes.biz with support from Madrid City Council and the Municipal Transport Company.

The global challenge saw 54 proposals submitted from tech innovators all around the world.

Char.gy, from UK, offers drivers convenient on-street solutions to charge electric vehicles using existing street infrastructure. Firstly they offer a lamppost smart charging point, which fits on to existing street furniture and the second is a satellite bollard smart charging solution, which offers greater placement flexibility. This system is simple to use and offers a flexible solution for councils and parking providers to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles.

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The second winner is HOMYHUB, a Spanish company that has developed a device that transforms customers mobile phones into a smart garage or parking barrier controller. The HOMYHUB system is universal, and can be installed onto any automated garage opener, whether a gate, barrier, shutter, or garage door. The smart solution includes sensors that recognise when a driver’s phone is approaching a garage or barrier, automatically opening it for them.

Richard Stobart, CEO of Char.gy said “Char.gy is very pleased to be partnering with Iberdrola and Madrid in Motion to trial our lamppost solution in Madrid. We believe that our charge points solve the problem of where to charge conveniently for those who don’t have off-street parking. Madrid has many residents who would switch to electric vehicles if they could charge them overnight on their street; which is why this partnership is exciting for all the partners and for Madrid’s residents.”

Enzo Zamora, CEO of HOMYHUB said “HOMYHUB is not just a solution but rather a technological statement or a move in the path of disruption. Not only do we provide smart access to garages, we also open the door to a world of New Generation Services. This includes“Secure Delivery”, a partnership with CORREOS (Spain’s national mail service) that allows unattended deliveries in garages and a plan to reduce 86,400 metric tons of CO2in five years. Now with the alliance with Iberdrola, HOMYHUB wants to expand its layer of new generation services in the sector of the sharing Economy with a focus onEV plug sharing.”

Both Char.gy and HOMYHUB benefit by gaining access to financial and technical support to test their solution with the Iberdrola Smart Mobility team, as well as access to the resources needed to evaluate their equipment. Both companies will also have the opportunity to work with other business areas and companies across the Iberdrola Group.

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