JV Plans to Let EV Drivers Monitor Charge Rates Through Smartphones

A joint venture is aiming to allow drivers to monitor their electric vehicle’s charging progress via their smartphones.

Kansas City engineering firm Burns & McDonnell and Los Angeles EV charging technology maker Greenlots are building an “advanced” EV charging network at the Missouri company’s HQ. The pair hope their connectivity solution will let an EV’s driver monitor their vehicle’s battery supply levels via an app within Greenlots’ SKY operating platform while it is being charged on Burns & McDonnell’s open standards electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).

To this end, SKY and EVSE are currently being “integrated”. During the developmental stages, access to this connected service will be restricted to Burns & McDonnell’s “employee-owners”. The project will incorporate networked Level 2 charging stations, each of which takes four-to-six hours to fully charge a vehicle. SKY also provides data on systems and technology performance that the companies hope to be able to use if it is able to roll out its own technology more widely.

It is also hoped that the charging data sourced from this project will be used for the purposes of “predictive modeling” when developing new equipment currently being incorporated into power grids. Commenting on the project, Burns & McDonnell business and technology solutions division general manager Chris Underwood claimed its importance was that “charging networks must be integrated with the latest technology in open platforms that will be flexible enough to accommodate continued innovation and new technologies that are certain to be on the way”.


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