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Guest feature – EnBW | EVs and customer experience: a great combination!

At the moment the discussion around electric vehicles is all around the society and has also been picked up by the whole industry.

However, most of the discussion spans around the challenges of charging infrastructure as well as the challenges around battery capacity, charging times for long distance coverage. Therefore I think it is about time to change perspective and think about the customer experience and how EVs will make our life easier.

To start with I believe it is important to agree on what really matters to customers and human beings. As a concept I strongly believe that the single most valuable thing to human beings is time as it is the only thing which is limited and cannot “yet” be extended. Almost all highly successful products launched these days relate to this thesis (think about smartphones, or digital services like Airbnb or Uber).

So let’s look at EVs from that perspective:

The next generation of EVs will come with battery capacities of 150-200 kW/h which is good for more than 500 km.At the same time when we look at statistics we realize that average distance covered per person/day is 46 km and even less so only 12.3 km consecutively per day. The next thing to consider is that next generation of EVs is also preparing for induction based charging.

induction based charging

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Janina Benz

Meet the CODE_n13 finalists for: Social Community & Crowdfunding

The Social Web enabled a lot of new technologies. Especially for the energy and IT sector there are many interesting solutions. It’s time to meet our finalists in our Social Community and Crowdfunding category: bettervest, FutureWatt, MilktheSun, Social energy behavioral networks and Sunnycrowd.

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Lena Gaede

Green Button: Setting the Standard for Sustainability Apps

Last year, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy launched the “Green Button” initiative, which aimed to “create an open data standard for utility customers to download information about their home’s electricity use, and software developers and other entrepreneurs would have a sufficiently large enough market to develop an array of new web and smartphone apps to help consumers make the most of their energy usage information.”

The goal of the project was to help utilities, developers, and customers become more efficient. But how popular was the new program? The “Green Button” One Year Later” report from the IEE explores some of the successes and challenges encountered over the past months, and identifies some of the ways the initiative can grow in the future. Check out the full report here.

Lena Gaede

Trouble for the Electric Car Industry?

Although the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla Model S have been released to great fanfare, the electric car industry has had mixed results as of late. The Volt hasn’t made money—GM may even be losing money on each sale—and Nissan has sold fewer than 5,000 (out of an expected 25,000) Nissan Leafs. On the other hand, Tesla has over 10,000 orders for the Model S sedan, and delivered its first cars in June of this year. While electric cars are still in their infancy, if consumer interest doesn’t start to pick up, government support will waver. Read more at DailyFinance.