Roadside car chargers get smarter

Roadside car chargers get smarter

One day New Zealand may have a network of electric car charging stations – you may have read yesterday that we’re one of the first countries to get Mitsubishi’s i MiEV. The UK’s network of Elektrobay road-side charging stations is now able to ‘talk’ to electric cars that are being recharged using Power Line Communication (PLC) technology.

This PLC integration allows the Elektrobay to ‘talk’ with a recharging vehicle by sending and receiving digital signals via the power cable, without the need for additional wires.  The resulting ‘conversation’ can exchange data and discuss billing, power requirement identification, transaction security and safety.

“The addition of this EDF-PLC technology to the Elektrobay’s abilities, so that the car and the charging station are effectively ‘talking’ to each other, is in preparation for the future requirements of the vehicle manufacturers, energy companies, electric vehicle owners, and safety legislators,” comments Greg Simmons, Technical Director of Elektromotive Limited, the company that makes Elektrobay.

Elektromotive is also set to play a key role in ‘real world’ testing of the new Toyota Plug-in-Hybrid vehicle — the UK’s first plug-in hybrid (PHV) introduced by a car manufacturer — launched in the UK last week.  The single test car will utilise the network of ‘Elektrobay’ recharging stations to keep fully charged. Currently there are 68 Elektrobay stations in the UK with plans to rapidly increase this number nationwide.

One day New Zealand may have a network of electric car charging stations – you may have read yesterday that we’re one of the first countries to get Mitsubishi’s i MiEV. The UK’s network of Elektrobay road-side charging stations is now able to ‘talk’ to electric cars that are being recharged using Power Line Communication (PLC) technology.

This PLC integration allows the Elektrobay to ‘talk’ with a recharging vehicle by sending and receiving digital signals via the power cable, without the need for additional wires.  The resulting ‘conversation’ can exchange data and discuss billing, power requirement identification, transaction security and safety.

“The addition of this EDF-PLC technology to the Elektrobay’s abilities, so that the car and the charging station are effectively ‘talking’ to each other, is in preparation for the future requirements of the vehicle manufacturers, energy companies, electric vehicle owners, and safety legislators,” comments Greg Simmons, Technical Director of Elektromotive Limited, the company that makes Elektrobay.

Elektromotive is also set to play a key role in ‘real world’ testing of the new Toyota Plug-in-Hybrid vehicle — the UK’s first plug-in hybrid (PHV) introduced by a car manufacturer — launched in the UK last week.  The single test car will utilise the network of ‘Elektrobay’ recharging stations to keep fully charged. Currently there are 68 Elektrobay stations in the UK with plans to rapidly increase this number nationwide.

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