The only hardware required for the SmartCharge RewardsTM program is our C2 device, which is simply plugged into an electric vehicle’s OBD-II port (found under the dash). This is typically a 10-second install that can be done by the EV owner. Once plugged in, the C2 will also auto-configure and seamlessly connect to the local cellular network.
This means that there are no electricians to hire, and no cost or invasiveness associated with having to implement a second meter.
This all makes for a much more scalable EV load management program that can quickly & easily be rolled out across thousands of vehicles.
While a submeter is effective at disaggregating EV load from the rest of the household, it does not provide the ability to monitor or incentivize charging behavior that occurs outside of the home.
With our connected car device, you’re able to generate (anonymized) comprehensive data that includes all of home, workplace, and public charging.
All charge event logs can be provided in event summaries and 15-minute interval data, and can help you understand where exactly EV load is coming from.
Furthermore, it’s able to provide useful insight on driving patterns, helping to inform public charging infrastructure strategy and educate EV owners.
Historically, utilities have faced the challenge of low enrollment rates when implementing EV TOU programs. When EV owners are requested to pay an additional delivery charge, or install a second meter at their own expense, it can feel as though there is little incentive to join the program.
Our SmartCharge RewardsTM program completely eliminates this barrier. Not only because it removes the need for a submeter, but because we’ve also implemented additional features to encourage engagement.
All participants receive access to our app & portal, unlocking advanced EV stats from their vehicle. They’re also invited to join our SmartCharge Champions community, where they can share stats and experiences with other like-minded EV owners.
By offering participants SmartCharge RewardsTM, you gain added flexibility to send and adjust financial incentives throughout the program – serving as an alternative form of pricing signals.
For example, this could be providing a per-kilowatt-hour incentive during off-peak time periods, or providing bonus rewards for avoiding critical peak pricing periods throughout the year.
Utilities benefit from built-in flexibility to adjust the financial rewards structure without the lengthy process to seek regulator approval that would be required with tariff adjustments.
In a demo we’ll walk through what your SmartCharge Rewards will look like.
A complete overview of the effect of EV adoption on electric utility grids.
The market for electric vehicles (EV) is growing and is expected to reach 3.8 million by 2020. Tesla and other players are expanding the production of electric vehicles to meet the rising demand. The EV models are becoming more affordable as a result, which in turn fuels the adoption even further. The charging infrastructure has been growing along, often supported by local governments. But how will the shift to electric vehicles impact the grid?