In converting to zero-emissions electric vehicles, we’re trading gas for electricity as a fuel source. A large part of the hesitation of trading in a combustion, or even hybrid, engine for an all-electric is the fear of running out of juice. People want to know they can easily “fill up” when power gets low.
- Easelink integrates blockchain payment into its automated conductive charging technology
- New system works via an app on your smart device
- By simplifying the recharging process, Easelink could help further adoption of electric vehicles
In 2017 at the IAA, Austrian startup Easelink presented Matrix Charging, the first automated conductive charging technology that has no moving parts outside of the vehicle. In its mission to create seamless mobility, Easelink developed a system whereby a connector is integrated into the vehicles underbody and a charge pad sits on the parking lot floor. Charging is as easy as pulling onto the pad. No fiddling around with extra parts and plugging in.
Just as gas costs money, so does electricity. There needs to be a way to conveniently pay. During Mission Innovation Week 2019, Easelink demonstrated an integrated payment system to work in conjunction with its Matrix Charging.
Once your car aligns with the charging pad, an app tracks how much electricity you use. A blockchain application then charges your account. In furthering development of the concept, Easelink has partnered with blockchain expert lab10 collective and the innovation lab act4.energy.
Blockchain will ensure fast and secure payment processing. In addition, it will enable a digital dollar- or euro-bound peer-to-peer money transfer without a central payment service provider. That’s pretty darn appealing and convenient.
For the Easelink system to be feasible it would have to be installed and available at locations across the country. I imagine there will be a race to see whose charging and payment system becomes the standard. With Matrix Charging, Easelink has created a simple way to recharge an electric vehicle that might make buying one less scary.