Portable Chargers For Electric Cars In South Korea? – Video


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Portable Charger

Portable chargers for electric cars in Korea

Technology developer Power Cube released a portable device called EV-Line to make charging electric cars more convenient. In efforts to encourage private ownership of electric cars, Seoul city teamed up with telecom carrier KT and Power Cube to create 10-thousand power stations for electric cars by the end of the year. Tune in to find out about how this technology can make a difference.

Portable chargers?  That alone was enough to pique our interest.

Of course, we had to then check out the video to see what’s meant by portable. Turns out, portable isn’t the breakthrough here, but rather the ability send charging info via 3G or LTE networks.  This allows the EV owner to be charged for the electricity.  This means that essentially any and all outlets can be used by EVs and usage of electricity from those outlets will be paid for by the EV owner.  Brilliant idea, right?

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15 responses to "Portable Chargers For Electric Cars In South Korea? – Video"
  1. Djoni says:

    Absolutely brilliant.
    If the service provider payback the owner of the plug with advantage, this would end fussy building owners of condominum or appartment to argue about unfair service provide to elected owner of those vehicule.
    It would make misunderstanding much easyer to resolve.
    It’s a positive product.

  2. Mikael says:

    Brilliant. More simple solutions like this. And it’s not like it needs to be your EVSE that has the ID-tag, it’s easy enough with your NFC smart phone or just a “credit card” with a tag.

    Any idea on the cost for changing an outlet to one with an on/off switch + ID-tag reader + 3G/LTE transmitter?

  3. M Hovis says:

    +1, Quite brilliant.

  4. Ted P says:

    That is a really great idea. It would make workplace and condo/apartment charging a heck of a lot easier.

    That said, I think it would be difficult (not impossible) to manage something like this in the U.S., where we have hundreds of power utilty providers. It would be great to see a test of this in a region without heavy EV concentration to see if it increases sales.

  5. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Indeed, absolutely brilliant!

    This was the missing piece of technology needed to allow any property owner to install simple 220V outdoor outlets in parking lots and at curbside, to make EV charging available anywhere anywhere anyone parks. No more need to install stationary EVSEs for renters, or for those using residential curbside parking!

  6. wavelet says:

    I don’t get it. This requires that the specific outlet (irrespective of type or wattage) be modified to make charging conditional on closing an authorization loop. Don’t all non-free charging points already work this way?

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      I don’t know if they all work that way, but the advantage here is that it moves away from the installer having to make a profit to make it worthwhile to do the installation. One frequent complaint of EV owners who rent is that the apartment owner or the company who installed the charger is charging much, much more than the going rate for electricity.

      With the EV-Line business model, there’s no need for any hourly or monthly surcharge; just a one-time installation fee.

    2. Goaterguy says:

      I don’t think the owner of the building has to modify the plug, just put that plaque above it. The smart EVSE will trasmit the use for the owner of the EV to be invoiced.
      You could probably plug in your regular evse and illegally charge at the risk of being reported for stealing.

  7. GRA says:

    Seems like an excellent idea, assuming installation and maintenance costs are significantly lower than for a typical EVSE with billing apparatus. It appears to make billing for L1 pretty easy.

  8. Tom says:

    Korea runs on 220v, so you can pretty much to do this with any outlet (assuming the owner did the job correctly). In the US, the building owner would have to pay to leave a 220v outlet in the garage….

  9. ydnas7 says:

    simple yet elegant

  10. martinwinlow says:

    Not sure I quite ‘get’ this, either. I agree that it is a nice, simple and elegant design and that it gets around the issue of how the socket owner could get paid for power used – or even make money out it.

    However, at this stage of EV take up, IMO, it is cracking the proverbial nut with a hammer. I suspect most socket owners (businesses, housing development owners etc) have no idea just how little cost is involved in running an EV that does average daily mileage. It’s about US$1. Such a small amount would mean even the $500 to 1k this device will cost the end user impractical to buy into. I may be wrong but the issue with providing charging points at such places is more to do with liability concerns, general ignorance and the cost of installing the power point than the complications of billing.

    So, assuming a power point already exists (which they very often do), socket owners should be saying “You want to charge your EV whilst parked at work or in the condo car park? Fine – we’ll just charge you $100 per year flat rate.” No complicated billing system required. In fact, I’d like to see any new car-park – public or private – have to provide charging points by law. At this point at least one and 1 per 10 spaces. How they charge for them is up to the owner. MW

    1. Goaterguy says:

      If you were a visitor and wanted to plug, you wouldn’t want to pay $100 a month. This solution is tailored to the individual. I should also work in other parking locations like shopping centers and business offices.

  11. Ken says:

    Driving an electric car is cheap but i wouldn’t say it’s a $1 a day or $100 a year cheap. For each of the last 3 years i’ve driven my Leaf about 25,000 miles a year. Using my average of 4 miles per kwh ( i drive slow) and $.18 a kwh for electricity from PSE&G, i come up with $1,125 a year or about $3 a day. Still way cheaper than a gas car but not $1 a day. Ok so maybe i like to drive alot (my work is only 4.5 miles away) but even if you only drove 12,500 miles a year it’s still $562 a year.

  12. Peter says:

    95% of the day a car is parked day or night.
    To leave a EV parked without charging 110 or 220 volts is not a good idea. Slow chargeing is also good for battery life.
    SC is good when you travel longer distances but it also wears out the battery faster.
    Every parking spot should have a 110 or 220 volt outlet and the cost of electricity should be the same as you pay at home and added to your bill. Low costs to install will make this the normal way of commuting with slow chargers everywhere. ( And SC somewhere will get a relief.)