Electric vehicle makers have long talked about the potential for “second-life” EV batteries to radically decrease the cost of grid energy storage. Second-life batteries can no longer give vehicles the power burst they need in acceleration, but have plenty of punch left in them for less power-intensive tasks. Nissan Motor Co. became the first EV maker to launch a full-scale commercial business. Through Spiers New Technologies, FreeWire used Nissan’s second-life batteries for the first deployment of Mobi Chargers.
The Autodesk Cleantech Partner Program, now the Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Program, was launched in 2009 and has partnered with almost 5,000 startups in North America, Europe, Israel, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Autodesk is committed to helping early-stage startups and entrepreneurs in the social, cleantech, and environmental sectors get to market faster by providing them with necessary technology access. Earlier in 2015, FreeWire became a proud member of the Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Program.
Siemens AG is a global technology powerhouse focused on the areas of electrification, automation, and digitalization, actively serving more than 200 countries. Siemens has chosen FreeWire to be the first U.S. partner to deploy its eCar Operation Center, a cloud-based platform built from the ground up to manage large-scale EV charging operations. The system has already been implemented by several of the world’s largest utilities and distribution networks across Europe to manage over 1,000 stations, enabling them to use EV charging as a resource rather than a liability.
Freewire launched a three-month pilot program at LinkedIn’s Mountain View campus in July 2015 to provide their employees with EV charging. After a successful deployment of Mobi Chargers, FreeWire is still providing Concierge Charging service for LinkedIn employees.
The Elemental Excelerator helps startups change the world, one community at a time. Each year, Elemental Excelerator funds 12-15 companies that fit their mission, and fund each company up to $1 million to improve systems that impact people’s lives: energy, water, agriculture, and transportation. FreeWire was selected into the 2015 cohort.
Hawaii ranks as one of the top states in electric vehicle adoption thanks to limited driving distances, moderate climate and supportive policies. This trend is adds a significant additional electric load on some circuits of the power grid. While the state requires property owners with parking lots of 100 or more spaces to designate at least one EV parking space equipped with a charging station, the law has no mechanism for enforcement. Charging stations also cost more to install in Hawaii as compared with the US mainland. To answer to compounded challenges in Hawaii, FreeWire is partnering with Hawaiian Electric to deploy a set of Mobi Chargers to several sites around Hawaii.
The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator focuses on helping startups grow and flourish in Los Angeles and is the premier cleantech incubator in the United States. Upon acceptance into LACI, the incubator has provided FreeWire with invaluable mentorship, advisory, and introductions to strategic partners.
Plug and Play is a global innovation platform that connects startups to corporations. FreeWire was selected among 1,200 startups into the third batch of Plug and Play Tech Center's Internet of Things Platform of Innovation. The current partners of the program include Bosch, Philips Lighting, Munich Re, SC Johnson, and Mercedes-Benz.
AES is a major supplier of power in 18 countries around the world and started creating solutions for energy storage in 2008. The next generation of Mobi units will utilize second-life batteries supplied by AES Energy Storage.