German pioneering meets Californian expertise: eMotorWerks and Share&Charge Deliver North America’s First Peer-to-Peer Electric Vehicle Charging Network incorporating Blockchain Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, 11th July 2017 – Thanks to a start-up from the German Ruhr area, this summer Californian charging operators will be able to sell charging facilities to electric car drivers. The German start-up MotionWerk combines its first product Share&Charge with the JuiceNet-enabled Smart Grid EV charging solutions from eMotorWerks from San Francisco. This is the first blockchain peer-to-peer (P2P) charging network for electric vehicles across North America. For the system to work, only two things are needed: the charging stations must be equipped with eMotorWerks JuiceNet Smart Grid technology, and both parties, station owners and electric car drivers, must register on Motionwerk's Share&Charge platform.

The Share&Charge network allows drivers of electric cars to access private and commercial charging stations and utilises blockchain technology as a platform for the secure and distributed payment of charging costs. The aim of the new sharing platform is to expand the availability of public charging stations and to reduce the fear around low travel distances for current and future e-mobilists. The partnership between eMotorWerks and Share&Charge is the first mobility-related peer-to-peer network with blockchain technology in North America.

“In today’s marketplace, the availability of public Electric Vehicle (EV) charging is still of concern to potential EV drivers. However, P2P charging opens the opportunity to break free of infrastructure limitations and gasoline oligopolies to directly access electricity for their cars,” says Dietrich Sümmerman of Share&Charge. “By establishing networks of individuals willing to share their EV charging stations, we are opening up more charging options to EV drivers, whilst at the same time ensuring station owners are compensated accordingly. As one of the most popular EV charging solutions in the United States, eMotorWerks is the perfect partner for our debut into the United States. With this new sharing technology that we are bringing to North America, we aim to prove how blockchain technology can make sharing and payment easier and more efficient. We are excited to enable anyone, whether an individual, a small company or a large utility company, to share their charging stations and enable an accelerated growth in emobility.”

Expanding its P2P charging network, already established in Germany, Share&Charge leverages decentralized and transparent Ethereum-powered blockchain technology to enable users to link with each other in order to share and bill products and services securely and conveniently. Through the app, residential and commercial owners of JuiceNet enabled stations can share their charging stations with other EV drivers in the network, choose the times to share their charger with others and set the price to charge visiting drivers. Additionally, any EV driver can download the Share&Charge app to see available charging facilities on a map and then navigate to their closest charging station for charging.

California owners of any JuiceNet enabled devices who would like to share their charging stations are eligible to participate in the new P2P network, but initial participation will be limited on a first-come first-served basis. Compatible devices currently include charging stations such as eMotorWerks JuiceBox Pro, Aerovironment EVSE-RS JuiceNet Edition, Clipper Creek HCS-40 JuiceNet Edition, and Nayax EVMeter. Additionally, the new service is compatible with eMotorWerks’ JuicePlug smart-grid charging adapter that allows any charging station by any manufacturer to participate in the program. There are no restrictions on drivers of an electric vehicle signing up to make use of the shared residential charging stations.

“One common issue we see in the growth of EV adoption is ‘range anxiety,' which stems from an overall lack of charging stations for some shorter-range EVs currently on the market. To accelerate the EV revolution, we must increase the number of charging options available,” says Val Miftakhov, CEO of eMotorWerks. “By allowing individuals and companies both small and large to make their stations accessible to the public, and to be paid for their use, station owners gain the opportunity to have their station pay for itself over time, while drivers can feel confident in knowing they’ll always have enough charge to get where they are going.”

The joint pilot program between Share&Charge and eMotorWerks is slated to begin August 1st 2017. Users can sign up to participate for the program by filling out the registration form on eMotorWerks website or by sending an email to shareandcharge@emotorwerks.com.

About eMotorWerks

Founded in 2010, and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, eMotorWerks is revolutionizing the electric vehicle (EV) charging market with its JuiceNet-enabled smart grid EV charging solutions. JuiceNet enabled devices, such as the company’s connected, high-power JuiceBox charging stations, maximize charging efficiency and speed while providing EV owners intuitive control and visibility. 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 maximize the use of solar and wind power. eMotorWerks contracts with grid operators for those services and shares back a portion of proceeds to EV drivers via upfront purchase discounts and ongoing rewards for smart-grid charging. For more information on eMotorWerks, please visit https://goo.gl/8ZnLWD. Follow us on Twitter (@eMotorWerks), on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/electric-motor-werks-inc-) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/eMotorWerks).

About Share&Charge

Share&Charge is the first product of MotionWerk, a startup out of the innogy Innovation Hub that is part of innogy SE. It is the first global peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplace for electric charging enabled by blockchain. Share&Charge enables private individuals and small-to-midsize enterprises (SMEs) to share their charging stations via a freely available app, thereby helping to advance e-mobility and enable personal charging stations to become revenue generating, ultimately returning their cost of purchase and running costs. Share&Charge is part of MotionWerk's vision of a global mobility  transaction platform enabling seamless transport everywhere whilst reducing costs for both travellers and transport providers. Learn more at www.shareandcharge.com/en. Follow us on Twitter (@ShareCharge), on Instagram (@ShareCharge), on LinkedIN (https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/10926031/) and Facebook (@ShareCharge).