Ubitricity is a Berlin-based startup that has developed a technology that can help people charge their vehicle from any location. They will integrate a smart electric meter that is linked to a charging cable and power sockets that can be installed anywhere. The idea is to convert the idle parking time into charging time using renewable energies. This will help to make a street light that can act as an EV Charger.
The company has prepared SimpleSockets, they will become docking station on the power grid. The Simple sockets are affordable and can be installed in parking garages, residential and commercial buildings and more importantly on existing infrastructure such as street lamps. This move can result in reducing the range barrier for the electric vehicles.
The EV owner has to just park his vehicle next to a street light equipped with the simple socket. The company has already tested the prototypes in London where 12 street lamps were put on trial. It takes about 30 mins and 1000 Euro to convert a street lamp into a charging station.
Siemens is also investing in this startup and believes that this novel idea can plug into numerous siemens business activities. Moritz Ingerfeld, Head of Business Development eCharging at Siemens Energy Management said:
“Ubitricity technology uses digitalisation in the energy field in a targeted manner and opens up completely new business models in the future market of energy services for electromobility.”
Source: Financial Express