bp ventures has invested $7 million in smart electric vehicle (EV) charging firm, IoTecha, leading a $13.2-million investment round. IoTecha’s easy-to-use technology connects EV chargers with the electricity grid using the Internet of Things (IoT), optimizing the charging process by automating payments and delivering cost and potential energy savings to customers.
This investment in IoTecha is aligned with bp’s aim to provide more than 70,000 public EV charging points worldwide by 2030.
With the global EV infrastructure market set to exceed 55 million chargers in buildings by 2030, charging infrastructure needs to adapt to handle new hardware and increased power demand.
IoTecha’s Intelligent Power Platform, IoT.ON, allows private and fleet vehicles from any manufacturer to communicate seamlessly with charging stations to signal when they need recharging. The platform gathers information over time, identifying patterns and the energy requirements of each user across all forms of EV charging.
The technology also enables EV owners to sell unused electricity back to the grid through a process known as Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) or bi-directional charging.
IoTecha will use this investment to scale their operations through bp’s electrification network. Together, bp and IoTecha will work to accelerate mainstream adoption of EVs and support the transition to more sustainable mobility. This collaboration will be strengthened by the appointment of Shaun Healey, bp ventures principal to IoTecha’s board of directors.