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A startup from called ubitricity is attempting to electric car charging ubiquitous a mobile electric meter drivers can carry around in trunk. The company is making its thousand plugs available year.

The expansion of electric has been anything but spectacular, and a constraint has been a lack of infrastructure and “range anxiety” the better of consumers. Late year luxury electric car manufacturer Tesla began at least that perception solar powered charging where Tesla drivers can for free .

Berlin-based ubitricity is to tackle the problem of increasing options for electric cars in a way altogether. The company wants to do with what it says are and expensive charging stations, and them with a mobile meter that will in the trunk of your electric and allow you to charge at ubitricity whether they be at your your office or at the mall.

The advantage that ubitricity is that the sockets themselves can be at a fraction of the cost of a conventional station and its business model is to the price of a socket, making it with the price of a standard plug installed in a garage or at a place. The company says it will be able to do this the intelligence will be in the meter stays with the car.

If you in at home and at work, that’s two ubitricity CEO and co-founder Knut told us during an interview “So why should you install the full on two sites instead of bringing it you?” He explained the benefits as: “It half of the intelligence, half of the costs and half of the operation

Charging like cell billing

To charge a car using the ubitricity a standard charging plug is into a white ubitricity which is about the size of a brick. The mobile meter, is attached to the charging cable, the plug to close the circuit and charging, and the meter keeps of how much electricity is used. charging is complete, it sends the back to ubitricity, via a cellular

Ubitricity then passes the onto the relevant utility.

The works very much cell phone infrastructure and The customer has a billing account an electric utility and ubitricity keeps track of the data electricity usage between the operator and the utility. Ubitricity charges a surcharge for each of about €0.10 for the service.

The of the network will be key to the success of model and CEO Hechtfischer says the cost advantage over stations will be crucial in organizations and businesses to install plugs, rather than expensive electric car charging

“We think that it is very that municipalities, which the taxpayer, will invest in type of equipment,” said He says that there’s not a business case for how electric charging stations can make a at this point, and points to utility RWE which has reported the utilization rates of the few charging they have installed in are very low especially when to the high cost of installation and

Designing an electric car mobile

The ubitricity hardware itself is out of the ordinary and the startup has been of keeping to existing standards working with naturally utilities and the automotive industry. The has worked with the German of the U.S. National Institute for in Technology to ensure this and has a German federal government to do so.

The socket itself is standard, power, voltage, a fuse, with the add-on being management, to communicate with the to authorize charging. The meter is a fairly standard smart with a mobile communication to allow access to the utility system. If the mobile network is unavailable at the end of the charge, then the is stored for later transmission.

One patent for the technology has been and there are others pending. In of European competitors, there is in mobile metering in Sweden. An research project at Sweden’s of Gothenburg is working on this and Ericsson has collaborated with a local utility and Volvo on its project.

The Elviis project places the communications and meter in the car and not the station.

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Shifting electricity use

The grid was actually the original point for ubitricity, back in Founders Hechtfischer and Frank were interesting in exploring role electric cars play in the smart grid renewable energy. One consequence of the model that has emerged is consumers are able to remain utilities that they and favor those that electricity from renewable if they chose to do so.

For households with rooftop panels, they can even the electrons converted on their at remote locations, so virtually. will be able to get your PV out of the socket at your employer’s said Hechtfischer.


Ubitricity closed a series A of VC financing in 2010 and hopes to a B round in the first six months of It has evaluation pilot projects a number of European utilities and exploring data implications an unnamed U.S. Internet

It hopes to have 1,000 installed by the end of the year.

At present has the hardware manufactured locally, but in 2012 announced a partnership TE Connectivity to mass-produce the components.

Herlaut, the Managing Partner of the corporate VC Ecomobilité Ventures about ubitricity at a recent event in Düsseldorf. She told that she thinks it is likely will be interested in the technology-based “When you see a solution like which is technology driven, I think it is very attractive for an because it is not only based on the of users you will have,” Herlaut.

Whether ubitricity can succeed in the density of sockets needed to out the utility of its service to consumers be demonstrated this year.


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