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The VIRTA Home charging service revolutionises the charging of electric cars with three features: It schedules the charging event to the hours of lowest electricity prices, allows sharing home charging points with other users, and creates the reports for company car costs automatically.

“The new service sets the charging time to the hours of cheapest electricity, which saves both money and environment. Naturally, the user can also override the settings, should he wish to charge immediately. “The service uses Nordpool SPOT day-ahead market hourly based prices and calculates the needed charging time case by case. The charging is optimized in real time for each charging event, everything happens in the background automatically”, says Elias Pöyry, CBo of VIRTA. The EV owner benefits financially if his electricity bill is based on hourly SPOT pricing. Currently the service is only available in Nordpool SPOT market area, e.g. in Nordic Countries. Even in market areas with no direct consumer spot pricing, there are great gains to be achieved for the energy system and the environment. The need for balancing the electricity grid will be an essential asset for all charging operators as the number of EVs increases in the near future.

Smart charging as a part of the sharing economy
The new smart charging service allows the user to share his personal charge point with family, friends or all EV drivers. The VIRTA´s charging service has an integrated real time electronic billing mechanism and the system does automated clearing and settlement with delivering the charging income to the charge point owner on monthly basis. “With a proven track record in managing public charging networks in six countries, we have been able to bring some of the best practices from public charging to home charging. The sharing feature is like the AirBnB of EV charging”, E. Pöyry clarifies. The sharing feature benefits all parties involved. Once all EV drivers get to enjoy a denser network, the charging point owner can earn extra income while helping others. It is also possible to share the charging point only with limited user groups. The owner has complete freedom to choose to whom the charging point is open to and price it accordingly.

Clarity for company car allowance costs
The service makes company car users life easier by creating automated reports for company car allowance beneficiaries, combining both home charging and public charging into a single report that can be sent directly to the company HR for reimbursing the cost. The charging costs are based on actual real time billing automation for charging by measuring the actual electricity consumption of each charging event. An automated report is created and sent on a monthly basis. “More and more company cars are electric. People with electric company cars need a charging facility also at home, but until now allocating the costs has been difficult. Our service solves that problem”, E. Pöyry says. The VIRTA service includes both a subscription as well as charging equipment with fixed monthly pricing and 36 month contract. Prices start at 49 €/month.

 

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