Enel has crafted its Enel X* business into one of the preeminent flexibility providers in the world, with intelligent charging solutions adding further optionality to the role more traditional distributed energy resources play in providing additional services such as demand response, frequency regulation, peak shaving, and local balancing thanks to digital aggregation platforms.
Enel is kicking things up a notch at Enel X with the creation of a new suite of Intelligent Charging Solutions that it has bundled into the new Enel X JuiceNet e-mobility platform for 2019. The name is an extension of Enel’s popular Juice EV charger brand and builds on the best-of-breed intelligence that it put into the hands of EV drivers around the world.
The new suite of solutions bundles together its vast expertise in EV charging into the new Enel X JuiceNet e-mobility Platform that extends its mastery of EV charging intelligence beyond just residential charging and out horizontally to fleet managers, workplace charging, and on-the-go charging solutions. The new suite of end-to-end solutions came about naturally as Enel X looked at the current trajectory of electric vehicles.
“Electric mobility is today, not the future” Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel X, said, “and the progressive electrification of transport will mean more flexibility available for the system, which is a must in the current scenario where renewables are taking over traditional sources of generation”
Providing a full suite of end-to-end solutions that have been stitched together into the single, open network that feeds into Enel’s JuiceNet allows drivers and fleet managers to see all of their charging sessions and all of their vehicles through a single touchpoint.
As promised by the internet of things, digitized EV charging network has finally arrived. At the same time, JuiceNet is hard at work behind the scenes to play on the energy markets in realtime to decarbonize their charging and reduce the cost of charging or the speed of charging, as specified by the customer or by system conditions.
Underpinning the Juice suite is the tried and true Enel X JuiceBox for residential customers, which has also been spruced up a bit for corporate customers as the Enel X JuiceBoxC. The pair of JuiceBoxes can provide AC charging at speeds of up to 22 kilowatts (kW) from a compact, proven unit that we loved in our review of it last year.
Since being developed by Enel, the JuiceBox has been given a complete overhaul, resulting in a completely new look that’s 70% smaller than the previous Enel X Wallbox. As with most EV charging stations, what you see may look like just a box and a cord, but once it has been connected to the Enel X Mobility Platform with a SIM card, its power is unleashed via the smartphone app for the residential solution.
As an additional solution, Enel X intelligently identified a niche for chargers that will be used by businesses in company parking areas. These are the workplace chargers, overnight fleet car parking lots, and similar locations where drivers regularly park their vehicles for multiple hours at a time to charge. Enel X built the JuiceStation to allow a host to install a single JuiceStation as a hub to which up to 8 JuiceBoxes can be connected. It then manages the charging of all connected vehicles sequentially, allowing fleet managers to leverage the intelligence of the charging solution to get more vehicles charged in a fixed period of time.
To control an army of JuiceStations, Enel X has created one ring to rule them all with its Enel X Recharge Manager portal. From the tool, fleet managers can look at the Juice stations in their private or public charging networks to look at their utilization over time.
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