Munich/Pforzheim, June 13, 2023 – Debut of the Power2Drive AWARD: This evening, innovators in the field of electromobility and charging infrastructure were honored for the first time on a big stage in the International Congress Center München (ICM). An international panel of experts selected the first three winners of the Power2Drive AWARD: the Swiss company Hive Power, paXos Consulting & Engineering from Cologne and TWAICE Technologies from Munich. Their developments greatly contribute to the mobility transition by making emission-free mobility both possible and attractive. The innovation prize was presented on the eve of the start of Europe’s largest platform for the energy industry: The smarter E Europe and its four parallel exhibitions Intersolar Europe, ees Europe, Power2Drive Europe and EM-Power Europe are taking place from June 14–16 at Messe München.
The Power2Drive AWARD honors technologies and business models that help make our mobility more sustainable – now and in the future. An international panel of experts reviewed the award submissions and presented three companies with the innovation prize for their pioneering solutions. The winners were honored this evening at the International Congress Center Munich (ICM), together with the winners of The smarter E AWARD, the Intersolar AWARD, the ees AWARD and – also for the first time – the EM-Power AWARD. Anyone wanting to check out the award-winning products and speak to the award winners and finalists will be able to catch them at The smarter E Europe at Messe München from June 14 to 16.
The winners of the Power2Drive AWARD 2023
Hive Power (Switzerland): FLEXO Smart Charge
Founded in Switzerland in 2017, Hive Power develops charging and export solutions for tomorrow's power grids. Now an award-winning software-as-a-service platform, FLEXO Smart Charge offers advanced vehicle-to-grid capabilities, optimized charging and detailed cost-benefit overviews for EV fleet managers and OEMs. It uses cloud-based learning to aggregate electric vehicle fleets and connect them to energy markets, maximizing the profitability of the vehicle-to-grid business model and minimizing operating costs. The hardware-independent platform is also designed for dynamic, load-variable electricity tariffs. Via a user-friendly app, it keeps electric vehicle owners informed about their income while optimizing charging times and costs. The panel was particularly impressed by the fact that Hive Power's solution increases the profitability of e-vehicles while creating reliable and environment-friendly energy networks.
paXos Consulting & Engineering (Germany): Cool-Load Megawatt charging plug (3–12MW)
paXos Consulting & Engineering from Cologne develops innovative technologies for renewable energies and electromobility. The company is honored for its innovative Cool-Load Megawatt (CLMW) charging plug, one of the few of its kind to provide up to twelve megawatts (MW) of power at 99.78 percent efficiency – making fast charging easy, whether for electric trucks, buses, construction equipment or heavy-duty marine and aviation applications. A ring-shaped radial connection between the plug and the socket ensures low contact resistance and allows direct cooling, leading to significant energy savings and allowing up to 100,000 charging cycles. The panel of experts was impressed: According to the manufacturer, the slim, compact design can be scaled up to a capacity of 40 MW in the future, leading the way for a new generation of electric vehicles where maximum charging speed and efficiency are key.
TWAICE Technologies (Germany): TWAICE Mobility In-life Battery Health Analytics
The Munich-based company TWAICE Technologies was able to impress the panel of experts with its software solution for EV batteries and was awarded with the Power2Drive AWARD. Mobility In-life Battery Health Analytics provides electric vehicle manufacturers, service representatives and fleet owners with detailed insights into battery state-of-health and aging forecasts. According to the panel of experts, “the analytics software uses artificial intelligence to turn e-car batteries into transparent and valuable assets, maximizing their lifespan and reducing maintenance, warranty and replacement costs.” The cloud-based platform guarantees a two percent accuracy, is easy to scale and can be integrated into existing hardware systems. TWAICE is also partnering with reinsurance company Munich Re to help fleet owners make informed business decisions in the secondary market based on reliable battery status information.