CASE: Electric vehicle charging solutions: megatrends and sustainability

Ensto’s electric vehicle charging business is increasingly engaged in technologies which support and benefit from recognizable megatrends. As the EV (electric vehicle) industry realizes that EV charging is about more than a socket, Ensto EV charging business leads the transformation to the digital age.

Digitalization is permitting Ensto EV charging business to develop of a host of services on top of the physical platform.

EVs themselves are of course the most prominent argument for sustainability, with transportation thought to cause over one-quarter of CO2 emissions. Although the potential for EVs to reduce carbon emissions is dependent on the type of electricity that charges the battery, in countries where hydroelectricity and nuclear energy dominate, EVs have the potential to more than halve total vehicle emissions.

The creation and marketing of Ensto EV charging solutions, which ease the acceptance and integration of EVs, is therefore in itself a sustainable activity.

Governments are supporting the rollout of renewables, with Japan developing V2H (vehicle-to-home) networks, where a homeowner’s car functions as a mini power station storing renewable electricity produced onsite. V2H enables a homeowner’s car to power a coffee machine, for example, so that the grid doesn’t need to tapped in the morning.

V2G (vehicle-to-grid) systems will not lag far behind, where vehicle owners will be able to sell energy to the grid or throttle their charging rates.

Germany is leading the way in solar and its storage in residential buildings. Ensto EV charging products are V2H- and V2G-ready, prepared for the day when the grid is also ready for bi-directional EV smart charging. This will allow electric vehicle charging to be matched with electricity systems, balancing electricity production with consumption.

Autonomous driving will also eventually find acceptance, and machine-to-machine communication between charging networks and vehicles will enable more sustainable behavior. Ensto’s smart products are already prepared for this transition.

At a component level, materials used in Ensto chargers are recyclable. But given the speed of technology change, Ensto recognizes the importance of creating future-proof products, and our chargers can be easily updated with new software, reducing the need to consumer new materials and extending their product lifespans beyond the norm.

Through creating smart products which encourage thoughtful, intelligent behavior, Ensto both supports a sustainable future, as well as the profitable business of its clients.

A sustainable future and a profitable business are not mutually exclusive. Ensto makes EV charging smart business.