‘Energy-as-a-Service’ Goes Beyond Mere Charging,
Part of ‘Four-Pillar’ Strategy for Fleet Electrification
Chanje, the re-emergent supplier of battery electric trucks that’s signed with Ryder for distribution and support, has teamed with eMotorWerks to power those trucks as part of a forward-looking program dubbed EaaS – energy-as-a-service.
Chanje, led by Bryan Hansel of Smith Electric Vehicles and the short-lived Nohm, is backed by Hong Kong-based Hong Kong-based FDG Electric Vehicles. Its partnership with Ryder was announced late this past summer (F&F, August 15).
Chanje’s new partnership takes advantage of eMotorWerks’s line of cloud-connected electric vehicle charging hardware and software. The tie-in will “support a key element of Chanje’s four-pillar strategy to integrate charging infrastructure, energy storage, renewable energy and smart-grid solutions into a turnkey energy service,” states a release.
“We are offering fleet customers a ‘one-stop-shop’ of purpose-built electric trucks as well as the energy services, without them having to worry about the installation or energy load management,” Chanje CEO Hansel says in the announcement.
“Our collaboration with eMotorWerks allows us to deliver dynamic charging capabilities that support drivers, utilities, operators and CFOs alike.
“Along with our new partner, we look forward to introducing fleets to the world of smart-grid charging,” Hansel said.
Chanje’s “fleet operating system” will employ eMotorWerks’ “JuiceNet” platform, applying “automated, multi-tiered control algorithms and load balancing to allow multiple charging stations to operate simultaneously under peak load settings.
“Automated load management helps Chanje’s fleet customers lower their operating costs while also enabling utilities and grid operators to avoid excessive strain on local electrical circuits and the grid as a whole,” Chanje says. “By utilizing the JuiceNet platform, Chanje fleet operators have the opportunity to participate in energy services programs such as demand response activities which benefit their local electric grids and lowers the fleet’s total cost of operation.”
‘Drivers Will Be Confident’
“Our collaboration will deliver market-leading smart grid charging products to both drivers and automakers in one seamless approach,” said eMotorWerks founder and CEO Valery Miftakhov says in the Chanje announcement.
“Drivers will be confident that their zero-emission trucks are not only the most socially responsible and cost-effective method of transport, but also use the cleanest energy available via JuiceNet smart charging controls.”
Operators will be able to take advantage of remote access control, automatic energy management to avoid peak pricing, smart algorithms to maximize charging with available renewable energy from the grid, and electricity use tracking.
Chanje is also launching a customer portal to help fleet operators manage their daily energy requirements by aggregating data from the vehicle telematics and charging platform. “For example,” Chanje says, “by looking at vehicle usage analytics, fleet operators can make real-time adjustments to manage driver and route inefficiencies to prevent unnecessary spikes in usage and control the total cost.”
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Source: Chanje with Fleets & Fuels follow-up