How does that work in practice?
“Chargetrip shows you the best places on the road to charge your car, based on your car’s characteristics, your personal preferences, and external factors such as weather, temperature and topography. Think of a charging point at a park or playground if you have young children in your car, or at a supermarket when you still need to get groceries. For now, the app is only available in Norway; we are looking for launching partners across Europe.”
And for companies?
“For fleet managers with, for instance, five hundred trucks or a thousand buses, charging is often disastrous for a good operating business. Those companies benefit from knowing that we can optimize routes based on electricity prices. The Chargetrip-API integrates all our data, algorithms, and models with logistical systems. This lets the manager decide when and where each part of the fleet needs to charge, while also keeping in mind the cargo, destination, availability on the charging network, and the spot price of electricity.”
What do you expect from your participation in the AIA18? What prompted you to register?
“Accenture is a company with an enormous network. We hope our participation in the AIA will help us meet potential new partners, clients, investors, and other start-ups. And of course, we want the eternal glory that comes with winning the AIA. At the start of the year, we won Essent’s innogy Mobility & Energy Track, and we presented Chargetrip on SXSW.”
What challenges do you face?
“The consumer market is very young and people bide their time. In the B2B market, it takes time and patience to help big corporates take part in the energy transition and convince them of the added value of Chargetrip. The lines between different responsibilities are often unclear. Sales cycles are five to seven years in the automotive- and energy sector, which is extraordinarily elongated. Of course, there are exceptions where things go faster. For Porsche, we are momentarily working on two routing pilots for their first electrical car: the Mission-E.”