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Enel picks Autochargers to make EV smart chargers in Canada

Steve Rogerson
November 21, 2017



Autochargers is to manufacture and resell Enel subsidiary eMotorWerks’ smart-grid electric vehicle charging platform in Canada. This will result in about 100 new manufacturing jobs in Ontario.
 
The partnership will deliver co-branded and tailored EV chargers throughout Canada. These will be available through the Autochargers web store and their reseller partners, which include electrical contractors and car dealerships.
 
"We're pleased to help accelerate Autochargers’ existing success in the market through local manufacturing as well as grid services penetration with Canadian utilities," said Valery Miftakhov, founder, and CEO of eMotorWerks. "Together we will offer the best smart-charging products to power the impressive EV adoption growth across Canada."
 
By partnering with eMotorWerks, Autochargers’ customers will have access to EVSE cloud-connected and intelligent charging stations using the JuiceBox charging hardware and wifi and cloud-connected JuiceNet software.
 
With the JuiceNet-enabled smart grid software, EV drivers enjoy optimised renewable energy generation by tapping into periods of maximum solar and wind generation to charge their EVs. In certain geographies, drivers can also receive smart grid incentives such as scheduled charging. The collaboration allows utilities to shape electric load and thus avoid peak energy costs and improve grid reliability by better managing energy ramps and other peak demand on the grid.
 
"Scalable EV infrastructure is top of mind for not only utilities, but also partners and advocates of EV adoption," said Gleb Nikiforov, Autochargers CEO and founder. "That is why we are thankful to the Ontario prime minister Kathleen Wynne and the minister of transportation Steven Del Duca for facilitating such an important development in the greenest province in Canada. By utilising eMotorWerks' JuiceNet software platform, we can deliver a significantly differentiated solution to ensure that drivers are getting the cleanest and lowest cost energy mix possible."
 
This agreement with Autochargers marks another co-branded charging partnership for eMotorWerks. This news comes on the heels of the recent acquisition of eMotorWerks by Italian company Enel. Autochargers joins a growing ecosystem of platform partners delivering energy applications atop JuiceNet.
 
Other notable partnerships for eMotorWerks include global EVSE providers AeroVironment, Volta and Webasto, and the cashless payment provider Nayax. EMotorWerks has deployed over 25,000 smart-grid charging stations to date, with top-rated products on Amazon and other direct and reseller channels.
 
Founded in 2010 and based in San Francisco, eMotorWerks is changing the EV charging market with its JuiceNet-enabled smart grid chargers. By shifting when and how much electricity JuiceNet-enabled stations draw from the grid, eMotorWerks helps utilities and grid operators reduce electricity costs, ease grid congestion, and increase the use of solar and wind power.
 
The Ontario Electricity Stakeholders Alliance, a group of 19 energy consumers, businesses, producers and distributors from across Ontario, has announced the Power Framework, which aims to provide a roadmap for smart electricity decisions that achieve the best outcomes for the state's electricity consumers through the principles of transparency, competition, objectivity and independence.