Hevo Aims to Catapult Electric and Autonomous Vehicle Adoption

  • Emma Sandler
  • April 17, 2017
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Hevo Power aims to be the catalyst for EV adoption by making its wireless electric vehicle charging universally applicable to all vehicles.

There are many problems currently associated with owning an electric vehicle, from the plug-in hazards, battery power capacity, and plug-in conversion issues. Hevo aims to solve them all, Founder Jeremy McCool told Mobility Buzz.

By making electric vehicle charging easy for an owner, this will encourage EV adoption and eventually have positive implications for autonomous vehicles as well. “When we see the whole universe of EV become mainstream, that will be in conjunction with autonomy,” McCool said.

Hevo, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., was founded in November 2011 with a simple directive: to help get the population away from fossil and foreign fuels. Currently, EV cars suffer from different types of plug-in types and no universal provider. Try charging a Tesla with a Prius plug-in; it won’t work. This has resulted in problems for drivers, and earlier this year, five European charging networks had to form a partnership to create a single network where all EVs could charge.

But Hevo is working on technology that will be universally applicable to all types of EVs, by adhering to new international standardization. The company can also add its technology to vehicles through aftermarket installations, as it recently did with a Tesla Model S, as well as work with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to implement the technology in the car from the beginning.

So far, Hevo has conducted charging station pilots in New York City; California; Minnesota; Florida; Switzerland; France; the U.K.; and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Hevo is also working with at least three OEMs and has partnerships with Tier 1 suppliers. By 2018, OEMs will begin to integrate wireless charging during the manufacturing process, and Hevo is working to add its technology to plug-in charging stations by 2019.

“2020 should be a tipping point for people who use plug-in charging, [where they] switch to wireless charging,” McCool said. “It’s going to be a pivotal moment in redirecting our focus as an industry … by then every global auto manufacturer will have multiple models of EVs available with wireless charging.”

When that happens, Hevo will target large EV fleets, carsharing, ridesharing, taxis, and public transit. For instance, installing wireless charging at the taxi queue lane at an airport will allow EV taxis to continuously operate without having the driver go somewhere offsite to charge, McCool said.

Hevo technology works in three components: The first is through the Hevo app, which is the sole interface for a customer and helps provide communication between the hardware components and syncs information about the charging to the Cloud. Second, the Hevo charger is either surface mounted or embedded into the ground, and the power station and inverter transmit wireless power to the wireless receiver. The wireless receiver — the third component — can be mounted to any EV, and it captures the wireless power and transmits it to the battery via a device called the rectifier.

Hevo appears to be the only company trying to commercialize its technology, while similar wireless

Carvoy app

EV charging companies like WiTricity or Qualcomm are trying to license their technology to OEMs. Hevo also has an app with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) component, that allows for customers to find charging stations, help position the car correctly over the charging pad, and make bill payments over the app.

This SaaS will soon find itself inside of a car as well, as Hevo has a project coming up with a Detroit-based OEM by integrating the Hevo interface onto a dashboard screen.

The dashboard screen will allow for greater vehicle connectivity by alerting a driver where charging stations are and helping to adjust the car over the charger. Wireless bill pay may also be included, McCool said, but it not a factor for the current project.

Those interested in learning more about the evolution of the transportation industry should join us at the second annual Auto Finance Innovation 2017 conference, May 17-18 at the Hilton Bayfront in San Diego. Visit www.autofinanceinnovation.com and to learn more.

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