Written by Kfir Kedem – January 19, 2022
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
Electric cars are becoming extremely common and the demand for their chargers’ availability is increasing daily. Currently there are chargers at public parking lots, which add to drivers’ convenience, however, they do not run very smoothly within indoor parking areas such as underground lots. With poor network connectivity, it can be frustrating for the user to connect their phones to the chargers and for charger owners to get the data of their chargers.
HeyCharge is a Munich-based startup that is looking to solve this issue. The company’s “SecureCharge” solution uses Bluetooth to connect to mobile phones, which resolves the personal connectivity issue. Furthermore, the data that is collected about the chargers’ usage becomes available once the network connection becomes available again.
When it comes to installation, HeyCharge claims that any electrician would be able to install the chargers within just a few minutes. BMW has taken a liking to this solution and has led the previous seed funding round of HeyCharge, which closed at $4.7M.
Auto Trendy’s take:
It seems that HeyCharge is bringing a good solution to the market. One that could potentially solve the increasing issue of public charging. The investment of BMW backs the importance of this solution and showcases a real need for it in the coming future. Being that HeyCharge is still growing, it would be interesting to see who uses the new technology. It could be that much bigger charging companies such as Shell would end up partnering with (or possibly acquiring) HeyCharge for the unique solution.