BMW and Tendril partner to demonstrate electric vehicle and smart home integration


Adrian Tuck,
CEO, Tendril
Boulder, CO, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 30, 2012 – Tendril and the BMW Group Technology Office USA have announced a partnership to build out a demonstration smart energy home in Mountain View, Calif. to prepare for the rollout and integration of the new BMW ActiveE electric vehicle (EV).

The partnership will integrate the BMW ActiveE with the home area network via Tendril’s cloud platform to provide managed charging.

“Customer satisfaction is at the forefront of everything we do, and this smart energy home demonstration will help ensure that connecting and charging electric vehicles is as simple as possible,” said Dirk Rossberg, head of the BMW Group Technology Office USA. “Tendril’s cloud platform allows us to control the EV charging process in conjunction with a smart energy home environment.”

The BMW Group Technology Office USA will use the smart energy home demonstration facility to help refine the charging and monitoring of the ActiveE. Tendril’s cloud-based energy management platform, Tendril Connect(TM), will provide the connectivity to integrate the EV charging station into the home, to local utilities and energy service providers, as well as to BMW. Tendril Energize(TM), a suite of applications including a home energy management web portal, will provide control and monitoring of the charging station, to make it simple for everyday users to manage charging stations.

“We are excited to be working with such a prestigious brand in the automotive world,” added Adrian Tuck, CEO at Tendril. “I’m confident our technology will provide the best possible experience to ensure users can easily make the best decisions related to monitoring, understanding and managing their EVs’ energy consumption and that utilities can optimize the grid.”

BMW’s smart energy home will include smart thermostats provided by Tendril, a solar panel installation, home appliances, residential lighting and other smart devices. All of these will be centrally managed by Tendril Connect and accessible via Tendril Energize. BMW and Tendril will integrate a battery charging station, to help manage the intermittent energy produced by the solar panel and to mitigate the home’s impact during periods of peak electricity demand.