ZAP has entered into a non-exclusive license for the Smart Charger Controller technology developed at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). (Earlier post.) ZAP plans to use the technology its charging stations internationally. The controller technology allows electric car owners to recharge their rides at times of lowest cost and least stress on the grid.
Vehicle owners program the controller by setting the time they want the battery to be fully charged and the controller does the rest. The controller uses a low-range wireless technology to communicate with the power grid and determine the best and cheapest time to recharge vehicles. By charging vehicles during off-peak times, the controller saves electric car owners money and helps maximize the capacity of the electrical grid during periods of peak demand.
Battelle, which operates PNNL for the Department of Energy, also granted ZAP the right to sublicense the technology to ZAP Hangzhou, a joint venture in China between ZAP and electric power meter producer the Holley Group. ZAP also plans to distribute the new technology through its investor and distribution partner Samyang Optics of Korea.