CrossChasm (known as FleetCarma)

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Project Summary Information

Project Title

Smart Charging of Electric Vehicles with Real-Time Vehicle Data, Utility Controls & Owner Opt-In/Opt-Out

Amount Funded

$339,637

Project Collaborator(s)

AddÉnergie Technologies

LDC Collaborator(s)

Toronto Hydro

Location(s)

Toronto

Project Objective

This project consists of two components that will facilitate the integration of Plug-in Electronic Vehicles (PEVs) into the Smart Grid:

  1. A PEV charging data collection effort that provides the utility with better visibility into the grid impacts of PEV charging loads and driver behaviour. This data is needed to better understand how PEV driver behaviours impact the utility’s resources and quantify the environmental benefits of PEV technology by comparing time-of-use data for PEV charging with Ontario’s varying grid mix.
  2. A Smart Charging demonstration wherein charging loads are optimized according to grid capacity and user preferences. Upon successful completion of this project, Toronto Hydro will be well positioned to implement a commercial Smart Charging program that includes utility control of PEV charging loads.

Company Background

Founded in 2007, CrossChasm is an award-winning Cleantech Information and Communications Technology (ICT) company with products and services that are enabling a global transition to more electric vehicles. In 2016, CrossChasm combined its brands and subsidiaries under one commercial name: FleetCarma. FleetCarma is a connected car platform, uniquely capable of supporting electric vehicle adoption and deployment. Fleets, electric utilities, and leasing companies turn to FleetCarma to ensure EV owners have an excellent ownership experience and that fleets obtain a positive ROI on their EV fleet.

Connecting FleetCarma’s device to gasoline and diesel vehicles, the system can provide standard fleet telematics features as well as identifying which vehicles are best suited to be replaced with electric vehicles.  The determination is based upon capabilities and total cost, customized to each drive cycle.  Connecting FleetCarma devices to electric vehicles, the system provides complete insight into the vehicle’s operation including all charging data.    This project deploys FleetCarma’s system in electric vehicles to provide a paired smart-charging system that enables utility management of charging loads while ensuring the EV owners’ needs are met.

Electric cars charging

Benefit(s) to Ontario Residents and Businesses

CrossChasm’s Smart Charging System will benefit three parties:

  1. Utilities – As PEV adoption increases, utilities are being faced with high unpredictable loads due to charging. Without smart charging, these loads will soon require costly infrastructure upgrades.
  2. PEV Owners – Participating in a smart charging program can generate revenue through demand response programs. This financial benefit can effectively reduce or eliminate PEV charging costs. Also, smart charging participation can shield owners from the cost of potential residential electric infrastructure upgrades. Yet, up until now, smart charging has not included vehicle-side data, meaning a vehicle could experience charge curtailment at low battery state-of-charge (SOC). The CrossChasm Smart Charging System includes a vehicle logger that communicates the battery SOC to the main server, taking the user’s needs into account.
  3. Businesses with workplace charging – This group would be better protected against demand charges if a smart charging program is used. Also, smart charging could allow these businesses to create revenue through demand response programs.

Project Collaborators

  • AddÉnergie will:
    1. Refine and deploy residential electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) hardware to support smart charging demonstration.
    2. Refine and deploy Application Programming Interfaces( API) and communications framework to enable charging control via internet.
    3. Provide ~30 networked residential EVSEs.

Project Status

This project is in the early stages. The current work being done is on system technical refinements and testing and participant recruitment material. The next major phases include:

  • Sept. – Mar. 2015: Participant recruitment and EVSE installations
  • Jan. – Feb. 2015: Demonstration Phase 1 (Baseline for data collection)
  • Mar. – July 2015: Demonstration Phase 2 (Charge Delay)
  • Aug. – Dec. 2015: Demonstration Phase 3 (Charge Optimization)
  • Jan. 2015 – Jan. 2016: Data Analysis and Reporting

Opportunities

The SGF project has allowed us to partner with Toronto Hydro, a large and progressive utility, for the purposes of the demonstration.

Related Documents

Not available at this time.