PowerHydrant® joins CharIN to bring Autonomous, Conductive, Robotic, Extreme High Power Charging to EVs and Autonomous EVs

PowerHydrant® applies commoditized high-performance smartphone components to deliver low-cost 3D vision and Augmented Reality (AR) based conductive robotic fast-charger solutions.

 

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA (27th February 2019) – The growth of new-mobility technologies has led to massive forecast growth in Autonomous and Electric Vehicles. According to Vision Mobility, 30% of new vehicle sales could be electric vehicles by 2030 -- this includes heavy transit and transport. Coincident with this, by 2030, 12% of new vehicle sales will be Level 4 or Level 5 autonomous vehicles.

 

In light of this, two key new-mobility questions emerge: How to autonomously charge an autonomous vehicle? And, how to fast charge an electric class-8 commercial vehicle (multi-megaWatt) in a way that is efficient, convenient, and cost-effective?

 

PowerHydrant® answers these questions.

 

Advancing electric vehicle charging systems standards is a critical element in enabling EV adoption across all vehicle types: electric, autonomous; heavy, and light. PowerHydrant® is proud to be part of this endeavour, and as such, has joined CharIN, the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN e.V.), as a regular member. CharIN’s mission is to promote standards for all types of battery-electric vehicles. The group includes a diverse set of infrastructure providers, OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, and other organizations dedicated to driving electrified transportation forward.

 

PowerHydrant’s executive team has over 5 decades experience in the global automotive and semiconductor industries. “The smartphone was introduced over 11 years ago and augmented reality is becoming part of everyday life” said Kevin Leary, Founder and CEO PowerHydrant. When speaking about robotic conductive charging, “It is time to apply this powerful sensor, software and processor technology to enable cost-effective application-specific robotics for this important new opportunity.”

 

Joining as a Regular CharIN member, PowerHydrant will contribute to the important initiative of CharIN’s Taskforce on High Power Charging for Commercial Vehicles. This global taskforce was formed to collect requirements and deployment guidelines for next-gen charge rates of 1.6 megawatts and well beyond for applications such as Class 8 Semi-Trucks.

 

About PowerHydrant® LLC
PowerHydrant® is an early stage startup focused on applying the “smart phone dividend” to deliver 3D vision sensor based conductive autonomous fast-charging for Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent eMobility. Based in Boston’s Innovation District, PowerHydrant is a member of the MIT Startup Exchange, a past client member of Prospect Silicon Valley in San Jose California and part of Autodesk’s inaugural Startups in Residence (STIR) group. We are Participants in the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Infrastructure Working Council, a regular contributor to Imaging Cafe and Boston Imaging and Video, and an affiliate in Argonne National Lab's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. We recently won a “Companies to Action” award for disruptive startups from Frost and Sullivan. PowerHydrant is a regular beneficiary of and contributor to the rich Boston-area startup ecosystem including MassRobotics, MassTLC, and MassCEC.

PowerHydrant holds key intellectual property and know-how in this domain. This includes several issued and pending utility patents (USA and PRC/China).

 

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Suzanne Kreinsen

PowerHydrant LLC
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