Tuesday, November 25, 2014
E-mobility challenges the tradition of stationary energy metering and billing. At present, charging stations are not available in all of the locations users need to recharge their vehicles. Additionally, until now, creating an adequate charging infrastructure for electric cars has been very costly and utilities have had few incentives to install charging stations.
The Berlin-based start-up ubitricity, however, is taking on this challenge with its innovative idea that helps reduce costs for electric vehicle (EV) charging by 90 percent through the use of mobile metering and communication. EV users simply take their personal mobile meter, which is attached to the ubitricity cable or their EV, along with them to every charging spot. A low-cost power socket suffices as a local charging spot and the compact dimensions of the sockets allow for easy installation in almost any location, such as on a wall or a light pole.
ubitricity transfers the ease and logic of mobile communication to the energy industry. With mobile metering technology integrated into the cable or car, EV users can carry their energy and tariff of choice along with them to any charging spot. At the same time, utilities can enhance their portfolio by also delivering electricity to these mobile meters. With ubitricity, grid access, including smart charging and billing, becomes affordable.
ubitricity was founded in Berlin in 2008 by Knut Hechtfischer and Dr. Frank Pawlitschek. The start-up works in cooperation with leading industry partners and receives funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic and Energy Affairs (BMWi). The company is currently conducting national and international field tests to prepare for its commercial launch in 2015.
Source: ubitricity Gesellschaft für verteilte Energiesysteme mbH
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