Through an innovative research project across several industries, Ericsson will bring mobile connectivity to electric cars and put choice and control over the charging schedule into the hands of drivers. The partners are Volvo Car Corporation, Göteborg Energi, Viktoria Institute and Ericsson. The new architecture allows drivers to control charging of cars while they are plugged into any ordinary power outlet. Additionally, the system directs energy costs to the car owners’ bill. The driver sets the time and amount to charge on a console in the car or remotely via a smartphone or tablet.
Using the mobile network, the car then communicates with the grid so that charging is scheduled based on energy prices on the grid, reducing user costs. For the energy utilities, coordinating the charging of cars across the grid is more efficient and sustainable.
Diarmuid O'Connell, VP of Business Development at Tesla Motors, estimates that by the year 2020 30% of the cars driving on the road will be battery electric or plug-in hybrid.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has predicted that one in 10 cars globally will run on battery power alone by 2020.
Additionally a recent report claims that by 2020 electric cars and other green cars will take one-third of the total of global car sales.