In order to offer more services and ultimately, get more value out of charging, electric vehicle charging stations will need to become “smart” – like the mobile industry’s transition to “smartphones”.
As part of that transition, two important EV charger makers, AeroVironment and eMotorWerks, announced a new partnership to create ‘Smart Advanced Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions’.
It will enable EV drivers to “gain benefits that include smartphone, web and Amazon Alexa voice control over charging, real time and historic energy usage for cars, notifications of charging status, load balancing two or more EVSEs on the same electrical circuit to share the load while avoiding tripping breakers, and setting charging schedules that correspond to lower utility rates, saving customers money on charging.”
EV owners will even be able to earn “frequent charging rewards through eMotorWerks’ exclusive platform and utility partnerships” where it is available.
eMotorWerks already offers several of those services with its ‘Juicebox’ EV chargers, but now AeroVironment will also be able to have the same features in its lineup of EV chargers.
Ken Karklin, vice president and general manager, Efficient Energy Systems for AeroVironment, commented on the announcement:
“Our goal is to help our customers succeed by providing them with valuable capabilities, and our new relationship with eMotorWerks helps us achieve that goal. Like AeroVironment, eMotorWerks is an innovative company, and working together we look forward to helping EV drivers and utilities proceed with certainty.”
Valery Miftakhov, founder and CEO of eMotorWerks, added:
“AeroVironment is a recognized industry pioneer and leader in EV charging solutions. Drivers and car manufacturers will get the best of both worlds through integrating our cloud solutions with AeroVironment’s broad range of safe, proven, EV charging solutions. Together we will offer the best products to our customers to power the continued adoption of EVs.”
The new chargers should soon make their way to the market. AeroVironment sells chargers directly to customers, but also through automakers when buying new electric vehicles.