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Smart Charging For Electric Vehicles

As more and more cities and countries promote the idea of clean carbon footprint and sustain initiatives to improve the effects of climate change, electric mobility will also become more prominent.


Or at least that’s what they say. Electrification is also one of the top automotive trends in 2021.


Electric Vehicles (EVs) have generated a lot of interest in recent years, but this success still does not change the fact that only about 2,5 % of new cars sold globally in 2019 were electric.


Smart charging is actually more connected to the electric vehicles than you might think. As you can guess from the name itself, there is a difference between smart charging and charging. 


What is Smart charging?

Smart charging stands for charging electric vehicles in general. There is basically nothing new to that, as it is pretty self-explanatory and we already have heard of and seen electric vehicles being charged at some point. However, smart charging is a bit different.


Smart charging represents the efficiency of your vehicle being charged. Efficiency is the key element these days and that challenge is being tackled down by smart charging possibility. 


Batteries within electric vehicles are built for a a couple of years, but the life cycle lowers with the age of the battery. Therefore, there is a possibility to prevent a battery failure and prolong the mileage of your vehicle.


AutoPi.io is able to help you with that problem/challenge as it can help you with optimal scheduling of EV charging. 


Even though advanced technologies are being integrated in the improvement and development of EVs, battery and charging solutions causing deep uncertainty for potential consumers and making the used Electric Vehicle market almost non-existent.


The possibility of battery damage in case of overcharging or deep discharging profoundly influence the concerns.


To prevent the possibility of damage, EV batteries need a proper Battery Monitoring System (BMS), which provides precise State of Charge (SoC) data to owners and reduces the impact of uncontrolled charging. This could increase the battery lifespan, assure their reliability and protect the equipment they power.


What is AutoPi?


AutoPi is an advanced IoT Telematics device, built on an extendable cloud platform that securely connects vehicles to the internet. It is an advanced IoT Platform with customizable solutions. 


Due to its powerful networking abilities AutoPi can be configured to allow remote data monitoring, analysis, control and communication within electric vehicles to help improve charging efficiency and maximize the reliability of the energy supply.


An illustration of an electric car being charger from the electric station  


AutoPi Battery Monitoring Feature


Optimal scheduling of EV charging is the essential key to extend the life cycle of the Battery Pack. If it is not done in advance, it will ultimately lead to battery failure.


That is why the prime goal of AutoPi is to send detailed information of battery performance locally or remotely like driving power, estimated state of charge or flow of current (to determine if the battery is being charged) and help owners convert this gained information into practical routines that keeps the battery operating at the optimum level.


An explanation of how AutoPi telematics unit helps electric cars with charging


AutoPi Telematics Unit connects to the EV via OBD-II port and with minor configuration can read out vital parameter measurements like cell voltage or battery current and estimates the present capacity of the battery so the EV can be safely charged/discharged at appropriate levels.


While monitoring usage profile and events, EV owners can predict the time when battery needs to be charged or can be discharged. 


Further enhancement can be achieved, with a proper set up AutoPi can compute the battery capacity while charging/discharging and send warnings in case of possible malfunctioning occurs.


AutoPi BMS log history of all measured parameters can be also analysed for future references on battery health in relation with the improvement of reliability of used Electric Vehicles.


Innovation in battery functionality has been the key motivation for AutoPi and to provide real-time accurate battery capacity determination for users that encourage smart charging. An easy implementation that might benefit not only private owners but also business or corporate investors in the sustainability of electric mobility.


Future of Smart Charging

The future of smart charging of vehicles is very bright and we will definitely see a lot of new technologies soon enough. We would still like to show you a couple of examples on what can be a future of smart charging.


  1. Wireless charging - You could have already noticed lots of prototypes from designers and engineers that tried to showcase how wireless smart charging of vehicles could work. This could be implemented for the private persons and their garages, as well as for public places, garages and charging stations or parking lots. 
  2. Battery swapping - Another possibility of smart charging is the battery swapping. Imagine simply changing your battery for a new fully charged battery in your vehicle and you do not have to wait for a battery to be charged. Simply genius! 
  3. Solar energy - Expert engineers also work on finding out a way how to combine solar energy with smart charging of electric vehicles. Imagine using the solar energy as a 'fuel' for your vehicle. The solar energy could basically charge the battery on the way, while you drive and increase your driving distance. 
  4. Fast charging - Charging for electric vehicles is already becoming much faster than it was before and that's actually one of the main goals of manufacturers. Nobody likes waiting, therefore, they work towards the goal to make it as fast as possible. 


We will definitely see more of them any time soon and hopefully, manufacturers and engineers will create something extraordinary for us.


Did you get some new ideas for a project? We would love to hear about it, contact us at sales@autopi.io.

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