An Airbnb for charging stations?

California owners of charging stations enabled with eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet smart-grid charging technology will soon have the capability to rent out charging time on their stations, using a peer-to-peer (P2P) network powered by MotionWerk’s Share&Charge platform.

The Share&Charge mobile app connects EV drivers with available residential and commercial EV charging stations and facilitates blockchain-based payments from visiting EV drivers to station owners.

“By establishing networks of individuals willing to share their charging stations, we are opening up more charging options to EV drivers, while ensuring station owners are compensated accordingly,” says Dietrich Sümmerman of Share&Charge. “We aim to prove how blockchain technology can make sharing and payment easier and more efficient.”

Share&Charge’s P2P charging network, which is already up and running in Germany, uses Ethereum blockchain technology to allow people to share and bill products and services securely and conveniently. Through the app, residential and commercial owners of JuiceNet-enabled stations can choose the times to share their chargers and set the price to charge visiting drivers.

California owners of any JuiceNet-enabled devices are eligible to participate. Currently compatible devices include eMotorWerks’ JuiceBox Pro, Aerovironment EVSE-RS JuiceNet Edition, Clipper Creek HCS-40 JuiceNet Edition, and Nayax EVMeter. The new service is also compatible with eMotorWerks’ JuicePlug smart-grid charging adapter, which allows any charger from any manufacturer to participate in the program. All EV drivers can sign up to make use of the shared charging stations.

“By allowing individuals and companies both small and large to make their stations accessible to the public, and to be paid for their use, station owners gain the opportunity to have their station pay for itself over time,” said Val Miftakhov, CEO of eMotorWerks.

 

Source: eMotorWerks

  • Ramon A. Cardona

    I do not see this working out in the US unless for specific locations such as a business that wishes to make money. A homeowner? Very unlikely.

  • Hugo Pereira

    This is already happening in Europe. The blockchain payments is definitely interesting, but not sure how adopted will be in the near future. As per the charging time or charge use, it’s pretty common standard in the Netherlands for example. Most charging station providers have and provide such technology to site owners.