Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in the energy industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 4 promising electric vehicle charging infrastructure solutions.
Heat Map: 4 Top EV Charging Infrastructure Startups
For our 4 picks of startups, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 4 interesting examples out of 134 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
CCLcomponents – Level 1: Slow Charging
This is the simplest form of EV charging: the vehicle is connected to the power grid through standard socket-outlets and does not offer any extra protection apart from standard electrical safety regulations while charging. The power rating of this charging system is limited to between 3kW to 11kW and 230V AC, which results in slow and long charging times. Glasgow-based CCLcomponents manufactures a home charging station that is low maintenance and easy to install. The modular design allows for various parts to be upgraded for future electric vehicle charging methods.
E-line – Level 2: Slow Charging With Additional Protection
Level 2 Electric Vehicle chargers are commonly used in Park & Charge environments where a vehicle is parked for a long period of time, for example in shopping centers. This charging system is designed with an additional layer of protection built into the charging outlet, the power rating for this type of outlet is typically 11 – 22kW and 400V AC since the vehicle will be parked for longer spans of time. German startup E-line creates smart charging networks of AC/DC charging stations for both homes and businesses. Their infrastructure is designed for a variety of charging types from slow charging to quick charging depending on the environment it is installed in.
Evgo – Level 3: Fast Charging
Fast Charging offers much higher power ratings reaching up to 50kW and 400 to 500V Direct Current (DC). This method of charging uses a special socket type to enable the rapid charging of electric vehicles, reducing the charge time to under an hour. A fast charging station also has greater electrical protection that adjusts for any extra load to the electrical circuit while the EV is charging. Evgo from Los Angeles aims to become America’s leading public fast-charging network. The goal of their network is to ensure that all EV drivers have easily accessible and affordable fast charging available to them.
Evtech – Level 4: Special Fast Charging
Mode 4 or Level 4 charging is a charging station that uses special charging technology such as CHAdeMO that allows vehicles to charge in just a few minutes. The power rating of such systems exceeds 50kW and range from 300 to 500V Direct Current. The Tesla supercharger is an implementation of this system of charging. Evtech from Switzerland designs a robust and low maintenance charging station with different plug types that allow for regular charging, fast charging and special fast charging. It also allows multiple users to charge their vehicles at the same time.
What About The Other 130 EV Charging Infrastructure Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 4 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 134 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.