CURRENT’s SmartCharge platform provides an open marketplace for electric vehicle charging. This innovative platform facilitates seamless interaction between charging station owners and drivers of electric cars.
The demand for electric vehicles (EVs) has increased dramatically in the past few years. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that there will be over 20 million electric cars globally by 2020. Norway is the largest market for EVs, with 45 per cent of new cars being electric.
While such high EV penetration is positive, drivers may struggle to find available chargers. This is due in good part to a lack of real-time information about charging stations’ availability, status and prices. This, in turn, may cause range and charge anxiety. Lack of real-time data also leads to suboptimal use of charging stations and resulting revenue loss for owners.
SmartCharge is a cloud-based, turnkey solution for EV charging infrastructure. The system enables total control and automation of infrastructure, as well as remote maintenance. It also allows EV charging station owners to sell their own generated power.
With the SmartCharge Dashboard, operators have access to historical data and can manage operations, energy optimisation and payment. They can also employ dynamic pricing based on person, power and/or time.
The SmartCharge app helps drivers to locate the right EV charging station for their needs. It calculates the optimal route, taking into consideration traffic data, etc. The app also facilitates payment.
SmartCharge delivers real-time data from EV charging stations to drivers and operators.
This helps operators to optimise use of charging stations, thereby boosting revenues. It makes charging easier for drivers, and could potentially encourage sales of EVs, which would in turn reduce carbon emissions and local air pollution.
In addition, the aggregated e-mobility data gathered could provide new insights and opportunities for drivers, operators and communities.
Over a million electric cars were sold worldwide in 2017. More than 3 million are now on the road – an increase of over 50 per cent from 2016.
SmartCharge can be customised to satisfy the requirements of individual EV markets. Given the growing global focus on e-mobility, the market potential is vast.
WWF dubbed Meshcrafts a “climate solver” in 2016.” The organisation estimates that SmartCharge could help to reduce carbon emissions in Europe by 24.9 million metric tons a year.
Facilitates seamless interaction between charging station operators and EV drivers
Operator interface for managing operations, energy optimisation and payment
App for providing charging station and routing information to EV drivers