eMotorWerks, a subsidiary of Enel’s advanced energy services global business line Enel X, and EO Charging, one of the UK’s leading domestic and fleet EV charging manufacturers, have partnered to launch the UK’s and Europe’s smartest home charger.
This new solution will integrate eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet, a cloud-based platform aggregating and managing charging station demands, into the new EO Mini Pro EV charger, delivering smart grid-connected home charging stations.
Through the partnership, EV drivers in the UK and other European countries are set to gain more control of their EV charging. The new smart chargers are indeed designed for all EV drivers and energy conscious homeowners, incorporating eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet communication, control and intelligence software EV charging platform into the EO Mini Pro. Available from early 2019, the EO Mini Pro will be designed for all types of homes, including traditional homes reliant on the grid for their energy and homes with solar panels and/or battery storage.
Expanding on the success of the EO Mini Home charger (currently the smallest fast charger on the UK market), the EO Mini Pro powered by JuiceNet offers customers multiple benefits such as smartphone charging control and an online dashboard which can:
• Schedule charging times – helping EV drivers benefit from cheaper electricity
• Send alerts and reminders to optimise charging
• Allow EV drivers to utilise more green energy from the grid
• View historical charging data via the dashboard – ideal for fleet managers wanting to reimburse employees for charging at home
• Lower driving costs by enabling EV drivers to earn or save money when their energy provider offers dynamic tariffs or demand response type programmes for charging (or not charging) at certain times
Given the UK Government’s commitment to smart charging – following the passing of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 – and the development of the UK energy system to be more renewables-based, distributed and flexible, JuiceNet powered EO Charging products respond to both the needs of consumers and energy companies alike.
JuiceNet enables the electric load from multiple charging stations to be aggregated and subsequently managed to respond to surges in demand on the grid and to bid that load into energy markets. Such a high level of control over EV charging load allows energy companies to modulate electricity demand. This control of charging loads relieves grid stress by shifting EV charging to times when renewable resources are more available and when energy prices are lower.
Both EO Charging and eMotorWerks seek to accelerate the transition to e-mobility, renewable energy and a sustainable energy system. The launch of UK’s smartest EV charger presents the UK and Europe with a significant opportunity to meet the growing market for electric vehicles and deliver smart grid charging solutions.