At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the start of the month, Ericsson announced an application that lets electric car owners control their vehicle's charging schedule via a smartphone or tablet.
Through a research project across several industries, Ericsson will bring mobile connectivity to electric cars and put choice and control over the charging schedule into the hands of drivers.
The new architecture allows drivers to control charging of cars while they are plugged into any ordinary power outlet. Additionally, the system directs energy costs to the car owners’ bill. The driver sets the time and amount to charge on a console in the car or remotely via a smartphone or tablet.
Using the mobile network, the car then communicates with the grid so that charging is scheduled based on energy prices on the grid, reducing user costs. For the energy utilities, coordinating the charging of cars across the grid is more efficient and sustainable.