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The world is marching to a new electric future. Around the world, there are smart city and smart nation initiatives. The most recent and dramatic is the announcement from HH Sheikh Mohammed, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announcing the Dubai Autonomous Transportation strategy to have autonomous, driverless vehicles leading the way to a much greener future. Prime Minister Modi of India has announced the 100 Smart City initiative. The USDOT has a $40M challenge for one city in the U.S. to be funded to pave the way to a better system of transportation. Singapore continues to lead the charge for an efficient nation with its Smart Nation initiative.

In the era of gasoline, it was necessary to create a gas station network to enable local access to fuel. In an electric future, one can imagine charging at home or at work, or through charge stations, which are becoming more common.

An alternative that might be worth examining are peer networks, whereby one private vehicle charges another, much like a jump-start for a car. In this scenario, large super charger farms with high efficiency would lie in the outskirts of cities. Inbound vehicles would charge up fully at minimal cost (which is zero for Tesla super chargers). These private vehicles, now become the basis of a sharing economy, where one person’s supply satisfies another person’s demand.

Thus in a Uber-like scenario, when one starts to run out of range, one pulls up the Uber-Charge application to see if there are private electric cars willing to sell them an electric charge in units of say a kilowatt-hour. This would require a method to verify availability, proximity and a payment system. The “supply car” then pulls up near the “demand car”, and some kilowatt-hours are exchanged for a payment, in a suitably efficient manner.

Such a system would advantage commuters from the suburban areas, and reward them for “bringing” energy into the grid. It would minimize replicating gas stations with charging stations, and may create a micro-economy of “UberChargers” who facilitate the movement of energy.

@Elonmusk – This might be right up Tesla’s alley, and the amazing minds at Tesla can surely create it!


Sri JagannathanDr. Sridhar Jagannathan is the CTO of NEXT Future Mobility, an advanced, autonomous, smart transportation system. Earlier, Sri was the Chief Innovation Officer at Persistent Systems, and the Head of the Persistent Venture Fund for early stage technology startups. Sri was VP of Technology Strategy and Partnerships at Intuit, responsible for technology strategy, partnerships and M&A. Prior roles include executive and technology functions at Symantec, Softbank, Adatom and Oracle.

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