eMotorWerks Introduces JuicePoints Program That Pays EV Drivers To Plug In

8 months ago by Jay Cole 19

Californians: Want To Get Paid To Plug-In?

Californians: Want To Get Paid To Plug-In?  Have “Greener” Energy? eMotorWerks Might Have A Solution For You

eMotorWerks announced a new JuicePoints program that pays California drivers for both plugging in, and helping the grid at the same time.  A concept we think is pretty innovative, and hopefully picked up on for the rest of the United States and beyond.

Starting immediately in San Francisco (and eventually fanning out over the state’s largest utilities – PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E) the program is fairly straight forward.

"Smart Charging" Your EV

“Smart Charging” Your EV

When enabled, JuiceNet­ charging stations (sold by eMotorWerks unsurprisingly) control the charge timing of your plug-in vehicle; specifically when the grid is not under strain, and when the energy profile is the cleanest

In return customers accumulate “JuicePoints” which are turned into electricity credits.

Update on how rebate money is recovered (via Alan White – responsible for Business Development at EMW)

“We are encouraging our EV Drivers to accumulate points, which will then be valued as USD currency. The points/$ value may change periodically, but not significantly. Once you accumulate a minimum number of points, you can cash/donate them at any point, and we’ll handle the transaction accordingly”

“Our JuicePoints program is unique to the industry and particularly beneficial for our customers…our high­speed dispatch capability, cloud­based, self­learning algorithms, and easy ­to ­use mobile app ensure that your car is always charged when you need it, while simultaneously offering greater flexibility to the grid and greener charging.” –  Valery Miftakhov, Founder of eMotorWerks.

The EAA’s (Electric Auto Association) Chairman Ron Freund also weighed in on the advantages of the program:

“The ability to shed loads from customer’s PEVs through centralized control in return for incentive rewards enables JuiceNet to uniquely assist with grid load moderation, especially as more transportation becomes electrified.”

JuiceBox ATM - What Once Was An April Fool's Joke, Is Now A Reality

JuiceBox ATM – What Once Was An April Fool’s Joke, Is Now A Reality

The full press release is below, but as we have had some difficulties deciphering the particulars of the program, we asked Mr. Miftakhov directly about the specifics and how the program works, and as always he kindly obliged (and sent us the graphic above).

Some info on the program specifics:
  1. $100 upfront discount on JuiceBox stations OR JuiceNet-enabled WiFI ClipperCreek HCS-40 at the same price as non-WiFi version
  2. Value of points is not exactly defined yet but could be up to $100 – $150 / year / unit depending on user behavior
  3. The points accrue based on two things:
    1. The amount of time the EV is plugged into the JuiceNet-enabled station and ready to charge
    2. The amount of energy passing through it

If interested, eMotorwerks is offering the program to existing JuiceBox Pro and JuiceNet enabled ClipperCreek customers.  While new customers can also get $100 off a new JuiceBox Pro 40.  Details and sign-up on the program can be found here.

eMotorWerks Press Release Specifics:

eMotorWerks Announces the Industry’s First Rewards Program that Pays Drivers for Charging their Electric Vehicles

eMotorWerks revolutionary JuicePointsTM program boosts value of electric transportation by earning customers money and helping make the grid cleaner

SAN CARLOS, Calif., January 27, 2016 ­­ eMotorWerks, the leading provider of intelligent and connected smart­grid charging solutions for electric vehicles (EVs), today announced JuicePoints major California utilities’ grid management systems, JuiceNet­enabled EV charging stations are controlled to charge at times when the electric grid is least constrained and the power is cleanest, better integrating renewables into the grid, and earning rewards for its customers.

The JuicePoints program is immediately available in most of the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the next several weeks, it will be further expanded into most of the territories served by the three largest California utilities ­ PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E. Existing JuiceBox Pro and JuiceNet­enabled ClipperCreek customers can sign up to earn rewards. Qualified new buyers will also receive $100 off the purchase of a JuiceBox Pro 40 ­ the market­leading, connected EV charging station. For more information and to sign­up, visit JuicePoints sign­up page.

eMotorWerks is the only EV charging provider awarded contracts under the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM). The company has contracts with all 3 IOUs, making it uniquely able to control EV charging and offer customer rewards. In addition to the DRAM program, the company also participates in several innovative energy service programs in PG&E territory, including the PEV Submetering Pilot, Supply Side Pilot, and Excess Supply Pilot. Large­scale participation of EV charging loads in such programs is made possible for the first time by eMotorWerks’ JuiceNetTM platform that is smart dispatchable, allowing plug­in EVs (PEVs) to provide grid services while they charge, and making the grid cleaner while paying back PEV owners.

With over 7,000 JuiceBox stations throughout the country and tens of thousands of JuiceNet­compatible partner stations, eMotorWerks has access to the largest amount of flexible EV charging load capacity in the US. Access to such capacity helps the power industry to better address increasing challenges in balancing local and regional grid loads with its generation assets. JuiceNet­managed Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and smart dispatchable charging help future­proof grids for expanding intermittent renewable generation and the mass adoption of electric vehicles without requiring utilities and power operators to invest in new grid operations, storage, or demand response infrastructure.

About eMotorWerks

eMotorWerks is revolutionizing the EV charging market with its JuiceNet­enabled smart grid EV charging solutions. JuiceNet maximizes charging efficiency & speed while providing EV owners intuitive control and visibility. JuiceNet is also fully smart grid enabled. By shifting when and how much electricity JuiceNet­enabled stations draw from the grid, eMotorWerks helps utilities and grid operators reduce electricity costs, ease grid congestion, absorb excess solar and wind power, and provide rapid response to unforeseen grid events. For more information on eMotorWerks, visit www.emotorwerks.com.

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19 responses to "eMotorWerks Introduces JuicePoints Program That Pays EV Drivers To Plug In"

  1. Just_chris says:

    Makes sense to me, helps the grid a little bit, makes a small amount of money for me. Why do I care when my car charges at night.

  2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “…customer[s] accumulate ‘JuicePoints’ which are turned into electricity credits.”

    So, if I understand this correctly (and I’m not at all sure that I do), then the customer is not actually paid money, despite the “it Makes You money!” spin in the ad copy, and despite the piggy bank in the infographic. They’re just earning a slight discount on their monthly electric bill.

    Not that this is a bad thing, but if I’m right, then one does wonder why they think they need to be so misleading in their advertising. >:-/

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Hey PP,

      That is my own copy, based on my impressions of the program after talking with Valery at eMotorWerks – so not set in stone by any means. However, my assumption is as such (like a cash back credit card), because EV drivers/users are connected to the grid and are accumulating liabilities for electricity usage in excess of the rebates (obv).

      That being said, if you paid you bill in full, then had a credit, I’m sure you could ‘ask’ for a cheque to be sent out?

      The only reasonable scenario I could see for direct payments being made (which is also certainly possible) is if the program had fiscal oversight by EMW themselves and rebate cheques were set at fixed yearly intervals or on request…but that seems less likely.

      1. Mark C says:

        I have to agree with Jay on this one. To my checkbook, there is no difference between a credit on a bill and a {same size} deposit into that account. Reducing my debt is the same as increasing my piggy bank in the long run.

        The only way I see this not being true is if someone else was stuck paying my bills.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          It depends on how you look at it. If you view it from the perspective of your monthly budget, and how much money you have left at the end of the month, then you’re right; there’s no difference.

          Contrariwise, if you take that credit and try to spend it on something other than paying your electric bill, the reality of the difference will become immediately apparent.

      2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Hey, Jay:

        Thanks for the reply! I don’t see any real disagreement here; I think we’re just saying the same thing in different ways.

        Jay Cole said:

        “…like a cash back credit card…”

        Here I will quibble with you. Those “cash back” credit cards are a come-on to entice the victim customer into accepting a higher interest rate on the revolving loan. It’s just one of many, many legal “Something for nothing” scams.

        JuicePoints isn’t offering something for nothing, and so far as I can see, despite the spin in describing as “Money” what is probably just a credit on your bill, it’s not actually a scam.

      3. Alan White says:

        Hi Jay et al, Alan White here from eMotorWerks, responsible for our Business Development and Energy Markets. Jay, you noted that “The only reasonable scenario I could see for direct payments being made (which is also certainly possible) is if the program had fiscal oversight by EMW themselves and rebate cheques were set at fixed yearly intervals or on request…but that seems less likely.” Actually, this IS the likely scenario we will be delivering. We are encouraging our EV Drivers to accumulate points, which will then be valued as USD currency. The points/$ value may change periodically, but not significantly. Once you accumulate a minimum number of points, you can cash/donate them at any point, and we’ll handle the transaction accordingly. Think about the way you shop at a Co-op like REI, and that’s the model. We will keep everyone posted as we progress. Thank you for the interest and support.

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Thanks Alan,

          There you go, case closed…likely, (=

    2. Djoni says:

      Because it’s advertising, not informative.
      In the end, avoiding payment have the same effect in your account than putting money you would have to get out otherwise.

      Globally, this device hit the right solution for an optimal use of the grid, despite that some might fear big brothers and NSA using it to know when you go to bed.
      I would call those, desperate paranoid, but it won’t help no one.

  3. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

    Despite all the attempts to hype two-way V2G, it’s really just demand-response through smart charging( “G2V”) that would become commonplace.

    In the long run utilities might have their own batteries, but smart charging could help accelerate installation of renewables.

  4. Jeff says:

    Does this mean my EV’s battery pack is sending juice back into the grid to help load balance? Some of the terminology implied that but it wasn’t clear.

    Otherwise, how is this different from any other charging station that allows me to charge when energy costs are lowest? Is it because it does this automatically, vs me having to set a charge-time-window?

    1. Lindsay Patten says:

      My reading is that this charger allows the electric utility to start and stop charging to help them balance load, it doesn’t just charge at low-cost times of day.

  5. e-lectric says:

    After many instances where EMW reneged on their promises of rebates or free merchandise, if you choose to deal with EMW it must be strictly cash-up front.

    Is this thing UL listed? This is the highest electric draw in your house. Don’t you want the assurance of a UL listing?

    1. Nick says:

      You can get the modified Clipper Creek unit.

      That’s UL listed.

      1. e-lectric says:

        If Clipper Creek promises to pay you, you have a chance. EMW’s track record of paying people is p@ss poor.

        Fool me once; shame on you. Fool me twice; shame on me. No thanks for offering the second round.

        1. Big says:

          Agree. Still waiting for my charger that they clearly do not intend to deliver despite jumping through all their hoops.

  6. flmark says:

    While a different application, the concept is not new at all & I have been getting paid/credited for over a decade with such a concept. Florida Power & Light’s ‘On Call’ program is employed at both my home & office. I let FPL rig special controllers to my hot water heater, air conditioner & pool pump. They can interrupt power during peak grid loading (for up to 15 minutes in the program I signed up with) & I get paid whether they use the feature or not. The amount is based on what is connected & the time of year. …but it is also prorated, & since I have now installed solar PV, I don’t get much credit anymore.

  7. Mark Hoppe says:

    Wondering how this program will work with my SDGE TOU2 agreement.