Giant utility Enel acquires charger manufacturer eMotorWerks

Enel has announced the acquisition of California-based eMotorWerks, which manufactures the JuiceBox line of charging stations and operates JuiceNet, an Internet of Things platform for the smart management of EV charging and distributed energy storage.

Enel plans to incorporate the JuiceNet platform’s functionality in all of its EV charging stations. JuiceNet allows users to remotely schedule charging to take advantage of the cleanest energy available, and enables V2G charging stations to respond to network signals, aggregating charging and discharging in order to balance electricity flows in the grid.

“Electric vehicles have the potential to be one of the most disruptive technologies the electricity grid has faced in the last one hundred years,” said Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel’s Global e-Solutions division. “The electric mobility revolution is leading utilities to rethink traditional business models, invest in new infrastructure, and roll out new solutions to provide flexibility and resiliency to the grid. Our mission is to be on the cutting edge of this shift, where consumers can play a more active role in energy generation and use.”

“With smart energy management by JuiceNet, EVs can provide the bulk of the grid balancing capacity to enable the 100% renewable grid around the world,” said Val Miftakhov, eMotorWerks founder and CEO. “As EV adoption grows, utilities must either add more infrastructure to meet energy demands or adopt smart-charging solutions. eMotorWerk’s solution minimizes EV emissions and remotely optimizes charging load, which can reduce peak demands and increase the likelihood that EVs charge on cheaper and cleaner renewable energy.”

 

Source: eMotorWerks

  • John McVicker

    I’m eager to see this go one step further. V2G and V2H. Using EVs as a home’s power storage unit in the case of emergencies – tied to Solar PV on the roof is a far better solution than using a Generator from companies such as Generac. Your car’s value goes up by $5-10k by being a power source. This value add can pay off the price of a replacement battery should using it as a power-course lower the cycle counts used for driving. Automakers need to see this value and not turn away from it. V2G and V2H will be next decades “value-add” that EVs should offer in order to attract more buyers.

  • Jay Donnaway

    Indeed, V2G has huge potential for commercial fleets tied to high-demand facilities, and V2H plus solar is far more appealing than an expensive ICE genset for emergency power.