California will usher in block-chain electric vehicle charging system

nnnThe eMotorWerks, a smart charger company, has conducted a charge test using the German company’s MotionWerk platform based on the Ethernet segment chain, hoping to improve the use of California’s domestic electric vehicles, to make full use of resources and to sell their own Charger products. But as with other applications in the energy sector, the concept is good, but the outcome and the long-term prosperity remain to be seen.n
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nThe use of household electric car charger is very small.n
nThis low utilization rate seems to be a business opportunity for Val Miftakhov, chief executive of eMotorWerks, a smart charger startup. The company conducted a beta test in the distributed P2P charging market in California on Tuesday to enable owners to use their home chargers.n
nIf successful, this concept can greatly increase the number of people using the EV charger, at least in the high density of the home charging station is the case, thus reducing the “mileage anxiety” to achieve more EV ownership, and may produce a virtuous circle.n
nThis is only part of its broad strategy for charger companies such as eMotorWerks, with the goal of moving from purely selling hardware to software that provides increased initial purchase value.n
nMiftakhov said:n
nn”The value of this flexibility will outweigh any type of hardware in this market for our profits.”n
nnThe P2P concept relies on block chains to verify transactions without central regulation, and block chains are one of the hottest trends in the energy sector today.n
neMotorWerks uses the Share u0026 Charge platform developed by MotionWerk, MotionWerk is a start-up company from the German energy company Innogy SE Innovation Center. Share u0026 Charge uses the APF block to track charge transactions and payments between consumers and owners. It has been implemented in Germany.n
nFor example, an EV owner would like to take advantage of the lunch time to stop charging, but all the public chargers lost by Mount Tingwei were taken up. The owner can point into the network, found a few blocks outside the lane has an open charger, then he can park the car there. Homeowners set the price, the block chain will confirm the owner to pay how much money, and then the two sides of the digital settlement.n
neMotorWerks will not take the cost from these transactions; the company sees it as a way to attract more users for its own JuiceBox chargers. To join this system, you have a JuiceBox charger, its partner company supports JuiceNet charger or JuicePlug smart charging adapter.n
nHomeowners need to profit from this behavior is the key to the operation of the market, and those who can afford the house and the Tesla Model S people may not be willing to spend the effort to make this petty profit.n
nBut Miftakhov said that this economic incentive is not trivial. He pointed out that public charging charges are generally $ 3 to $ 5 per hour, and California’s EV owners spend $ 1,000 a year on charges. Rental chargers can offset their annual EV fuel costs.n
nMiftakhov also said that eMotorWerks customers care about the more noble motive, that is, to improve local air quality to contribute to reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to traffic and reduce dependence on overseas oil.n
nParticipants can also help solve the problem of insufficient public charging infrastructure. The California government plans to install more than 10,000 Level 2 chargers and 1500 DC fast charger, but so far, the state has sold 30 million units of electric vehicles. If the block chain allows the customer’s home charger to be used by other owners, then the choice of people will be greatly increased.n
nHe said:n
nn”People like this idea of ​​helping other owners to reduce mileage anxiety.”n
nnIn addition, tell others themselves in the use of block chain is also very cool.n
nA few years ago, if there were strangers parked in your driveway and use your personal chargers, it was not cool enough to sound like a private house. But the times have changed, and some are happy to let strangers live in their homes through Airbnb or let them drive their cars through Lyft or Uber.n
nMiftakhov said:n
nn”People ‘s psychological barriers are getting less and less, and it’ s not a big leap for strangers to use your lane in crowded neighborhoods, and people have kept the car parked on the street.n
nnWhether it will create a long-term prosperity of the market need to be another matter.n
nOver time, the electric car driving mileage will be longer and longer, the number of public chargers will surge. The continued development of these trends may reduce the need for P2P charging networks. Tesla Model 3 can travel 310 miles after charging, which means that most people do not need to charge halfway, unless long-distance travel.n
nGTM CEO Scott Clavenna is closely following the block chain technology, he said:n
nn”This means that niche block-chain applications are now in the market, but that’s not the way forward.”n
nnHe pointed out that in the long run, there will be a broader and more transformative platform, for example, based on the block-chain digital ID to make cars in all parts of the country for real-time vehicle charging transactions, intelligent contracts can adjust and compensate owners and entities Between the V2G (vehicle to grid) operation.n
nA more revolutionary vision will move the current retail entity to the software-based “layer” of the physical distribution infrastructure and use the block chain as a means of allocating power values ​​to achieve transactions between consumers and generators and record Then
nHowever, so far, although the energy block chain has great potential, but there is not much project practice. If there is a place willing to charge the electric car for a block chain Airbnb platform pilot, then none of the non-Bay area here.n

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