- Collaboration with Tier 1 Automotive Supplier Webasto will ensure EV drivers and utilities have optimized charging control and a better overall experience
San Carlos, Calif., USA April 24, 2017 -- Further expanding its reach into the electric vehicle (EV) market, eMotorWerks is teaming up with Webasto, one of the top 100 automotive suppliers worldwide, to launch new EV charging solutions tailored specifically for automotive manufacturers and their dealer networks. The line of intelligent and cloud connected EV charging solutions aims to empower drivers to charge their electric vehicles on the cleanest energy possible, while also enabling electric utilities to aggregate and control EV charging load on the grid to improve reliability and resiliency.
By combining eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet software with the automotive expertise of Webasto, the joint solution will help deliver market-leading smart grid charging products to both drivers and utilities with a seamless approach. Webasto’s goal is to offer a “one-stop-shop” charging solution, supporting vehicle OEMs in the field of charging by providing hardware that meets automotive standards and superior installation and training for end customers.
“Based on discussions with our core customer base, scalable EV infrastructure solutions that comprise the automated management of electrical load from the battery cell to the power grid are important success metrics for the industry - we need an effective way to deliver them to automotive OEMs given the coming growth ahead” said Fabian Bez, Senior Vice President of the E-Solutions & Services unit of Webasto. “Webasto will now deliver these solutions via eMotorWerks’ globally recognized JuiceNet platform, which features dynamic charging capabilities that supports drivers, utilities, and installers alike. We will also provide strong educational materials and a professional installation network. We are looking forward to working with eMotorWerks.”
The Webasto partnership marks the first occasion a traditional Tier 1 supplier has teamed with an EV platform company to deliver these solutions directly to automotive OEMs. It is the latest in a series of partnerships for eMotorWerks to enable the expansion, scale, and reach of its JuiceNet platform, including the most recent announcement with Aerovironment and with other partners such as Nayax.
“Webasto has a long history of supplying innovative ideas to vehicle OEMs and we’re pleased to be working with them to provide the core intelligence around load management for their EV OEM charging solutions,” said Valery Miftakhov, founder and CEO of eMotorWerks. “With this collaboration the automotive industry will be more confident they are in good hands when integrating our JuiceNet cloud solutions with yet another of Webasto’s proven product lines. Together we will offer the best smart charging products to power the impressive global EV adoption growth Europe and other regions are experiencing.”
Market Research indicates EV usage is growing rapidly across Europe and the globe - in the EU alone, an estimated 500,000 EVs are currently being driven throughout the continent, with an additional 540,000 on the road in the U.S.
“In order to fulfill this accelerated demand in electric vehicles, value-added services will be crucial to ensure a consistent and superior customer experience,” continues Miftakhov. “Chief among those are technologies that empower both drivers and utilities to maximize the effectiveness of EVs on reducing the world’s CO2 emissions, while minimizing demand impacts to the grid.”
Webasto Group based in Stockdorf near Munich has been a family-owned business ever since the company was founded in 1901. The group operates internationally at over 50 locations (over 30 of these production plants) in the divisions roof and thermo systems. Webasto is one of the top 100 automotive suppliers worldwide. In 2016 the Group realized a sales volume of 3.2 billion euros and has more than 12,000 employees. The company´s core competencies encompass the development, production and sales of complete roof and convertible systems as well as heating, cooling and ventilation systems for passenger cars, commercial and special vehicles, recreational vehicles and boats. For more information please visit www.webasto-group.com.