A new app for Tesla drivers, recently unveiled in the Netherlands, keeps track of current electricity prices (by communicating directly with the country’s energy exchange) and controls the charge speed of the battery to thereby charge at the lowest available price.
The new app, dubbed Eneco SmartCharging, was also designed specifically to allow Tesla drivers to “invest in renewable energy” — by charging during the periods when solar or wind energy is contributing notably to the grid.
The cost savings from the use of the new app are apparently pretty significant. The developer, Henk Kippersluis, claims that users can save up to one euro in costs every time their car is charged over night (presumably a full charge).
A recent press release provides more:
The service is provided by means of an app that was especially developed for this purpose. The car owner indicates when the car needs to be charged and to what extent, and Eneco SmartCharging automatically selects the best time to charge the battery at the lowest price. The customer pays the market price that applies at the moment the car is charged (also referred to as the APX price). This market price is adapted every fifteen minutes on the basis of the developments in the purchase market. Consequently, the customer always pays the lowest price given the selected charging requirements.
Tesla is the first car brand for which this app is available, because it provides open systems for the development of apps by third parties. Furthermore, the Tesla Model S is the most mature, fully electric car that is available on the market at present. Eneco’s aim is to also make the service available to other brands of electric and plug-in cars, such as Volkswagen, BMW, Mitsubishi, Renault and Audi.
Sounds good. But what about Nissan?
Are any Dutch Tesla drivers reading this going to give the app try?
Image Credit: Eneco SmartCharging
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