Electric Motor Werks sent us a note on a nifty new project the company is launching (via Kickstarter) that can make any "level 2" charging station smart, through the use of the company's new universal adapter - the JuicePlug.

How it works and why you want one is pretty straight forward.

The JuicePlug is a small, WiFi-connected adapter that can manage both the time and rate of charging using eMotorWerks's cloud-based JuiceNet platform.  The JuicePlug works in conjunction with a iOS or Android mobile app to give the user full control over the device from any location.

The unit requires no assembly or special tools to use, just plug it in to your current level 2 charging unit and go.

"JuicePlug is a unique solution to the 'dumb charger' conundrum that has faced EV drivers for years - 'should I throw away a working EVSE to upgrade to one that has smartphone control and programmability?'.

Bringing the benefits of WiFi connectivity and anytime-anywhere control, coupled with cash rewards for smart-grid charging is an unbeatable solution for our customers. JuicePlug is not only affordable, it actually pays drivers to charge" - Valery Miftakhov, Founder of eMotorWerks.

A $129 contribution on Kickstarter will see that one gets the "super early bird" JuicePlug, and a nifty "Kiss My Amps" license plate holder.  Units are expected to start shipping this May.

Inside The JuicePlug

Inside The JuicePlug

JuicePlug Specs:

  • Voltage: 100-270 VAC
  • Power: up to 40 Amps / 10 kW
  • Full J1772 support for compatibility with all vehicles
  • Measurement precision (current, voltage, power, energy): better than 0.5%
  • Monitoring & Control latency: less than 3 seconds for full smart-grid compatibility
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Full press release on the JuicePlug from EMW below:

eMotorWerks Announces a Universal Adapter That Converts Any Level 2 EV Charging Station into a Smart Charging Station

JuicePlug will enable smart-grid control of any third-party EV charging station and expand company's popular rewards program that pays EV drivers for charging their vehicle

SAN CARLOS, Calif., March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- eMotorWerks, the leading provider of intelligent and connected smart-grid charging hardware and cloud solutions for electric vehicle (EV) drivers, EV manufacturers, and EV supply equipment (EVSE) fleet operators, today announced the launch of JuicePlug™, a universal charging station adapter for EVSEs that will extend its best-in-class smartphone and web interfaces to any pre-existing, non-networked charging station. This will enable every EV driver to participate in its groundbreaking smart-grid EV charging programs, including a recently launched JuicePoints rewards program that pays drivers to charge.

eMotorWerks, which successfully launched its JuiceBox™ line of charging stations through a 2013 Kickstarter campaign, plans to repeat its success with a new JuicePlug Kickstarter campaign. The patent-pending JuicePlug device manages the time and rate of charging in coordination with eMotorWerks' cloud-based JuiceNet™ smart-grid charging platform, which controls distributed energy loads across the grid. Participating backers on Kickstarter will receive a JuicePlug, promotional items, and the opportunity to earn ongoing rewards for EV charging. For more details, please visit www.eMotorWerks.com/JuicePlug.

As with all JuiceNet devices, JuicePlug includes a free iOS or Android mobile app for anytime, anywhere control, programmability for emissions reductions and time of use (ToU) charging that saves drivers money. The company's web dashboard also allows users to access their charging history and real-time data.

Through its smart-grid EV charging network - which includes JuiceNet-enabled Clipper Creek stations, the company's own JuiceBox EVSEs, and soon any EVSE connected via a JuicePlug - eMotorWerks has access to the widest network of flexible EV charging load capacity in the world. Access to such capacity helps the power industry better address increasing challenges in balancing local and regional grids, helping future proof their operations for expanding renewable energy generation and the mass adoption of electric vehicles.

JuicePlug owners who live in California's PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E service territories will also be eligible for automated participation in the company's JuicePoints rewards program that pays drivers for smart-grid EV charging or lets them donate to their favorite environmental non-profit organizations. Participation is also available via text and email alerts to EV drivers that do not yet have a JuiceNet-enabled EV charging station, who can then later migrate to JuicePlug when it ships. Learn more or sign up for JuicePoints.

"JuicePlug is a unique solution to the 'dumb charger' conundrum that has faced EV drivers for years - 'should I throw away a working EVSE to upgrade to one that has smartphone control and programmability?'. Bringing the benefits of WiFi connectivity and anytime-anywhere control, coupled with cash rewards for smart-grid charging is an unbeatable solution for our customers. JuicePlug is not only affordable, it actually pays drivers to charge", says Valery Miftakhov, Founder of eMotorWerks.

Today, California alone has an estimated 180,000 plug-in vehicles, representing over 4 gigawatt-hours (GWH) of battery storage capacity and 700 megawatts (MW) of peak shiftable load. Moreover, at the current rate of about 3,000-5,000 new plug-in vehicles sold in the state each month, this adds an estimated 70-120 MWh of storage capacity each month - a rate expected to dramatically increase in 2016 with the advent of new, mainstream EVs with larger batteries (e.g. 60kWh) and 200+ mile range.

Now, for the first time in the industry, all this capacity could be accessible via a JuiceNet family of devices from eMotorWerks.