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Australian electric vehicle charger ready to take next step

An Australian company leading the race in grid-friendly residential electric vehicle charging plans to take its revolutionary technology to the next level via investment partners such as those from the energy and electric vehicle industries.

Developed by local technology company DiUS Computing, ChargeIQ is the world’s first ZigBee certified electric vehicle charger with the ability to communicate with smart meters.

It features a web interface and a smartphone application that allows drivers to take advantage of flexible pricing to reduce the cost of their electric vehicle charging.

A recent report by New York City-based Lux Research says that the market for EV infrastructure will rise significantly around the globe in the next decade with an expected increase in the market from $140 million in 2012 to $1.2 billion in 2020.

DiUS Computing director and co-founder Joe Losinno explained how ChargeIQ works on a recent Sky News Australia’s Tech Report.

“The technology connects wirelessly to your home electricity meter and we have a plug which plugs directly into the car. The plug is standardised by all the vehicle manufacturers… At the right time, when the price is the cheapest, according to the ChargeIQ technology, your car will start charging,” Losinno said.

DiUS Computing’s ChargeIQ was the only electric vehicle charger used in the Victorian Department of Transport’s recently concluded Demand Response Load Control Electric Vehicle Trial, with one participant reporting that he was able to charge his vehicle for about $2 to $2.50 per 100 kilometres using the Australian developed charger.
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