Technology interoperability broadens EV charging intelligence and control for utilities with AI-based analytics, optimization and command of real-time operating data
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. & QUEBEC CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AutoGrid, the market leader in AI-powered flexibility management software for the energy industry, today announced technological compatibility with the FLO® and AddEnergie® group , a leading operator of the FLO electric vehicle (EV) charging network and provider of smart charging software and equipment, to provide AutoGrid Flex™ for utility management of smart charging endpoints.
The collaboration elevates utilities’ capacity for the continuous measurement, monitoring and control of EV charging at scale. With AutoGrid Flex’s AI-based analytics and real-time operating data in place, utilities can obtain endpoint-level and network-wide visibility and intelligence on participating AddEnergie-manufactured smart charging stations deployed on the FLO network within their service territories. This provides the ability to manage loads for peak demand shaving, enhance the stability of EV charging loads, and improve grid reliability according to the overall impact of charging network activity.
Transportation electrification is steadily accelerating as EVs are projected to account for 28% of global new car sales by 2030 and 58% by 2040. More utilities are recognizing and acting on the necessity of including EV charger data within the calculus of real-time load management and leveraging AI-enabled tools to enhance grid flexibility while enabling the influx of EVs onto the grid.
AutoGrid Flex is being actively used for management of AddEnergie-operated residential EV charging infrastructure installed within a major West Coast utility’s service territory. The best practices and lessons derived from the work with this utility and other organizations in North America are being applied to a wider range of residential and commercial fleet use cases.
“With the number of EVs on the road expected to skyrocket over the coming decades, management of vehicle charging is an imperative new area of Smart Grid proficiency for utilities at the distribution level,” said Frank Fata, Global Head, Utilities at FLO | AddEnergie. “In AutoGrid we’ve found a company with a deep understanding of what is required to integrate and leverage real-time edge intel gathered from smart FLO EV chargers. This datastream will empower utility operations to achieve greater reliability, visibility and operability of these dynamic endpoints which elevates both uptime and customer experience.”
“This work with FLO | AddEnergie, an established player in EV charging, speaks to an increasingly important aspect of our mission to create a more flexible, responsive electrical grid,” said Paul Schinke, senior manager of customer success at AutoGrid. “Vehicle electrification will exert more influence on the overall shape of energy demand year after year. We are strengthening the foundation for successful management of these changes through these new ties to FLO | AddEnergie.”
AutoGrid builds AI-powered software solutions that enable a smarter energy world. The company’s suite of flexibility management applications allows utilities, electricity retailers, renewable energy project developers and energy service providers to deliver clean, affordable and reliable energy by managing networked distributed energy resources (DERs) in real time, at scale through different value streams. AutoGrid’s flagship application, AutoGrid Flex, is ranked as the #1 Virtual Power Plant Platform in the world according to the global ranking published in 2020 by industry-leading research and analysis firm Guidehouse (formerly, Navigant Research).
About FLO | AddEnergie
AddEnergie is a leading North American charging network operator for electric vehicles and a major provider of smart charging software and equipment. Every month, AddEnergie charging stations and its FLO network enable approximately half a million charging events and the transfer of 5.5 GWh in electricity, thanks to over 35,000 high-quality stations deployed on public networks, commercial and residential installations. AddEnergie’s headquarters and network operations centre are based in Quebec City, and its assembly plant is located in Shawinigan (Quebec). The company also has an office in Montreal and regional teams located in Ontario, British Columbia, California, New York and Florida.