EVs are generally plugged in for much longer than it takes to charge. Most of us leave our vehicles plugged in overnight – but the battery typically only needs a few hours, at most, to charge with a level 2 charging station. JuiceNet automates your charging schedule to respond to instances when the level of overall consumption is high, meaning that more fossil-fueled power plants must be utilized, instead of relying mostly upon renewable energy to charge your EV.
Our ultimate goal is that when renewable energy is available, your vehicle will charge, and when levels of consumption are high relative to renewable energy availability, your vehicle defers charging. This allows you to be a “good neighbor” on the grid and keep from adding to overall consumption while also reducing your impact on the environment. However, at all times, JuiceNet will attempt to honor your desired departure time so that your vehicle is charged and ready when you need it.
By joining your EV with other EVs charging on JuiceNet, Enel X is able to offer this group of EVs to the power grid like a power plant, but in reverse. We can increase charging when demand is low, and decrease charging when demand is high. With enough vehicles, grid operators could reduce their reliance on operating gas power plants to back up renewables like wind and solar. Currently, grid operators keep some power plants operating to prepare for drop-offs in wind and solar. With tens of thousands of connected EVs, we could avoid having those power plants online, making the grid cleaner!