AV Chargers Getting ‘JuiceNet’ Smart-Grid Capability
AeroVironment and eMotorWerks are teaming to offer better connectivity for EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment. AeroVironment’s line of EV chargers is being integrated with eMotorWerks’ “JuiceNet” system for cloud-connected smart-grid charging.
“Both companies aim to provide increased charging capabilities to customers and electric demand load aggregation for utilities,” states this morning’s release.
Drivers and operators will gain benefits including
- smartphone, web and Amazon Alexa voice control over charging,
- real time and historic energy usage for cars,
- optimization of the mix of renewable energy used when charging;
- notifications of charging status,
- load balancing two or more EVSEs on the same electrical circuit to share the load while avoiding tripping breakers, and
- the ability to set charging schedules that correspond to lower utility rates.
For electric utilities, the JuiceNet integration, via open APIs and such industry standards as OpenADR, makes it possible to aggregate fleets of charging EVs, the companies say: “a high level of control over EV charging load allows utilities to modulate energy demand on the grid, and to shift and spread out EV charging loads to times when renewable resources are more abundant or energy rates are lower.”
‘Best of Both Worlds’
AeroVironment is “the preferred electric vehicle charging solution supplier for eight global automakers.” eMotorWerks says its JuiceBox is the “smartest EV charger on the market.”
“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,” eMotorWerks founder and CEO Valery Miftakhov says in today’s release.
“Together,” he said, “we will offer the best products to our customers to power the continued adoption of EVs.”
Ken Karklin is VP and general manager for efficient energy systems for AeroVironment.
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Source: AeroVironment & eMotorWerks with F&F follow-up