Californians: Want To Get Paid To Plug-In?  Have

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

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."

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.

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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.