A Generation In Charge
Your alarm goes off and immediately you grab your smartphone to check how many hours of sleep you got. Then you ask Siri what the weather forecast is for the day. Before leaving the house you turn the thermostat down via your smart phone and during the day you check in to your Fitbit to track how many steps you have taken and how active you’ve been.
From your mobile phone to thermostat, everything is connected. We have become a data tracking society, on the go accessing our smart phones - charging your electric car should be no different. As more people start driving electric vehicles (more than 500,000 currently in Europe) having access to the right kind of charging for your car is a necessity.
The majority of electric vehicle users currently plug their car into any wall socket available at home. However, a cloud-connected smart charger would allow users to charge their vehicle up to eight times faster, offer additional services to not just manage power more efficiently, but also enable guest usage, which you can manage and monitor how much power is used - plus send automatic alerts to advise you that your battery is fully charged - to name a few.
When comparing to a wall socket, smart charge points are also safer: no overheated wiring, no electrical shorts, and they know that their vehicle and power supply is fully-protected by a dedicated solution.
Why should you drive smarter?
At the moment many of us are driving fossil fuel hungry cars and normally don’t keep track of how much we spend on petrol per year. However, the costs of maintaining a car are considerable and when it comes to needing an oil change or more serious car maintenance, costs can be as long as a piece of string. That’s before you take into account the make and model and then what needs doing.
By driving electric and charging smart, users benefit in many different ways. Whether at home, at work or on the road, a cloud-connected smart charge point enables any user to monitor electricity usage, helps them plan how to get to their nearest charge point, tracks costs and load balances power requirements from the national grid.
Moving towards future proofing car travel
We are in the middle of an automotive revolution. Electric vehicles are transforming how we drive and new technology is allowing us to track our movements in a way we were previously unable to. This is having a major impact on the way we think about getting around and how we plan to in the future. This will also change the way we think about the costs associated with driving. Electric vehicles cost considerably less to run than a traditional petrol car. For example, the typical total cost of fueling a Honda Civic requiring around 11.9 litres of petrol for 100 miles (combination of city and highway driving) is £13.80. Whilst a Nissan Leaf costs £2.18 to charge 24kW of electricity for the same distance of 100 miles.*
In the UK people drive an average of 7,900 miles per year (RAC Foundation, 2015). Annual charging will cost you £172 per year if you drive a Nissan Leaf. However, if you are driving a Honda Civic this same distance will cost you £1,090 per year to fuel your car. It’s clear that driving electric can save you approximately £900 a year on fuel.
Beyond saving on fuel costs, the biggest benefit electric vehicles provide to drivers is enabling more insight and control through cloud-connected smart charging solutions. Through one single view NewMotion online user portal provides detailed insight in charging data. Additionally, drivers have access in one tap to remotely start and stop their charge point session anytime, anywhere.
Moreover, if you are using your vehicle for business a smart charge point can automatically reimburse energy costs saving time on organising mileage claims each month. And if you charge in a shared parking location in a housing complex or block of flats, split billing can be enabled to ensure you are only paying for the charge sessions you use.
Finally, smart charging directly connects to better energy management. For businesses, dynamic load balancing is a value-added feature which enables automatic distribution of the available power of your grid connection to all connected charge points. Ideal when using multiple charge points or for future expansion. You can allow your guests or customers to charge any time without worrying about turning off the lights.
Imagine in the future; your alarm rings, you wake up by tapping your smartphone to get coffee brewing and then tap again to see an alert: your car battery is 85% charged. You remotely activate your charge point using the electricity generated by solar. In another 30 minutes the battery is fully charged, you swipe your phone to unlock the charge cable, jump in your self-driving car and quickly leave for work. Charging becomes a part of your everyday in the same way you plug in your smartphone before you go to sleep.
*Data sources: Car fuel data (2016), UKPower (2016) and GlobalPetrolPrices (2016).