BMW Group, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, RWE and Siemens created a joint venture based in Berlin they called Hubject GmbH.
The goal of the joint venture is to connect European public charging infrastructures.
Hubject recently presented to industry experts their first commercial portfolio of solutions aimed at connecting public charging infrastructures in Europe.
Operating a business and data platform, the company said it offers providers of emobility services the opportunity to expand their product offering to include eRoaming.
The benefits of an eRoaming service are to allow drivers of electric vehicles to access all public chargepoints of the emerging European network under a single provider’s contract.
Companies involved in the joint venture believe that in order for emobility to become an everyday service, electric vehicle users need uncomplicated access to a public charging infrastructure.
Outside of research projects, Hubject is believed to be the first commercial provider to offer market players the possibility to communicate in a simple way and to promote eRoaming Europe-wide.
Andreas Pfeiffer, Managing Director of Hubject GmbH, placed emphasis on the added value this will create for end users: “By reducing barriers we are promoting customer acceptance of emobility. In the future emobility customers will be able to use the charging infrastructure of all Hubject partners across Europe under a single provider’s contract. Our technology helps to make charging an electric car as simple as withdrawing money at cashpoints.”
Hubject’s goal is to deliver solutions for emobility providers by providing services that are tailor-made to satisfy the different needs of the players active in this emerging market, including carsharing organizations or automotive electricity suppliers, operators of charging infrastructure and providers of geographical data.
End users are able to identify infrastructures that allows for uncomplicated charging through the compatibility label on each charging station part of the network.
Hubject says the label contains a standardized QR code, which allows the user to initiate and terminate each charging transaction via the scanning functionality of a smartphone app.
Other means of access such as RFID cards, smart charging cables or Plug & Charge via power line communication may also be used if offered by the operator of the charging station.