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 some of our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising electric vehicle (EV) integration solutions.
Heat Map: 5 Top Electric Vehicle Startups Out Of 400
For our 5 picks of electric vehicle startups, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 400 relevant electric vehicle solutions for the energy sector. Depending on your specific needs, your top 5 picks might look entirely different.
MotionWerk – Blockchain-Based Wallets For EV Charging
Blockchain technology has many use cases for EV integration, especially for electric vehicle charging due to the safety and convenience it offers. Electric vehicle owners can pay charging stations using their Blockchain-enabled electronic wallet. People also can share their charging stations with drivers who pay for usage via blockchain technology. MotionWerk, a German startup, develops Share&Charge – an Ethereum-based decentralized protocol for tracking charging transactions and exchange payment between customer and host. This solution allows EV owners to safely pay for charging services on the move and enables charging stations owners to independently set their own tariffs and adapt it at any time.
eMotorWerks – Vehicle-to-Grid
Platforms control and shift how much electricity EV charging stations draw from the grid and when. This helps utilities and grid operators reduce electricity costs, improve grid reliability, and maximize the use of renewable energy. eMotorWerks from San Carlos in the US develops JuiceNet, a patented communication, control, and intelligence platform. This platform dynamically matches drivers’ historical charging patterns, as well as real-time input, and signals from grid operators, allowing utilities to aggregate and to manage a charging station’s demands.
Ubitricity – Portable Charging Devices
Charging station’s metering and communication technologies are usually installed inside every single charging point. The aim here is to increase the simplicity of use and to reduce the costs of existing charging infrastructures for electric vehicles. German startup Ubitricity, for instance, equips EV users with their own portable charging device, in which the electricity is measured and billed. Because of this, charging points are reduced to simple and highly cost-efficient system sockets.
Roviero – Robot-Charger
The idea of using robots to charge electric vehicles has the potential to transform the entire industry. This way of charging is especially suitable for autonomous vehicles as there are no drivers to charge them. This also means no more waiting time for drivers to wait their turn. Additionally, robot-chargers enable grid balancing because the entire parking time can also be used to obtain energy from the power grid. US-based Roviero develops such a robot for electric vehicle charging. Car owners can just park and go, without having to wait in lines, while the robot performs all actions required for charging. Roviero’s robot uses computer vision to determine the car type, its car charger port and even connects the plug autonomously.
Easelink – Wireless Charging
Wireless charging systems typically consist of hardware components, such as an inverter, rectifier, receiver, and then syncs via cloud software to establish communication between the hardware components. This serves as the sole interface for the user. Austrian startup Easelink develops and industrializes MATRIX CHARGING® – a connection system to automate electric vehicle charging. Cars equipped with MATRIX CHARGING® Systems charge automatically when parked over their pad. The connector and pad communicate via a secure wireless connection. An intelligent charging management system monitors and controls the charging process.
What About The Other 395 Electric Vehicle 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 5 electric vehicle integration startups showcased above are promising examples out of 400 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.