Inter­view with Sebas­t­ian Bach­mann, CEO of chargeIT mobil­i­ty

We made the Change­mak­ers edi­tion of Reimag­ine Ener­gy all about explor­ing the busi­ness­es and their lead­ers who have paved the way for change in the ener­gy sec­tor. In a series of inter­views, we spoke to those who are tak­ing risks with­in tra­di­tion­al indus­tries and who are imple­ment­ing nec­es­sary change for ulti­mate good.

In this first inter­view, we speak to Sebas­t­ian Bach­mann, the CEO of chargeIT mobil­i­ty.

E-mobil­i­ty is one piece of the puz­zle and our vision is that we inte­grate all the pieces.”

Name: Sebas­t­ian Bach­mann

Posi­tion: CEO chargeIT mobil­i­ty GmbH

Back­ground: Ger­man & Swiss Eco­nom­ics

  • Built up Swiss offices for US solar man­u­fac­tur­er Nanoso­lar
  • Joined Nanoso­lar cus­tomer Belec­tric and found­ed Belec­tric Dri­ve
  • Heads Belec­tric Dri­ve, renamed as chargeIT
Sebastian Bachmann, CEO chargeIT mobility GmbH

What does the future of e-mobil­i­ty look like?
“Get­ting EV bat­ter­ies inte­grat­ed with the grid and renew­ables is vital. It is our vision that all EVs use park­ing time to con­nect their bat­ter­ies to the renew­able ener­gy sys­tem, and this is some­thing that we need for the ener­gy tran­si­tion to hap­pen. And this won’t hap­pen on motor­ways – it will hap­pen in car parks and at home.”

What are the biggest mis­takes you’re see­ing with com­pa­nies try­ing to change their busi­ness­es to adapt to dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies?
“Every­one is dis­cussing high-pow­er charg­ing and the big sta­tions on the motor­ways, but we have to focus on what Tes­la is call­ing ‘des­ti­na­tion charg­ing’, where lots of cost-effi­cient charg­ing points are con­nect­ed to the local grid at des­ti­na­tions.”

Issues like EV range and a lack of charg­ing facil­i­ties are being resolved quick­ly but a neg­a­tive impres­sion remains for many peo­ple. What do you think it will take to con­vince main­stream con­sumers to switch to e-mobil­i­ty?
“The price and range must be com­pet­i­tive, but then we also have to offer trans­par­ent charg­ing sys­tems. Today, you have at least 30 dif­fer­ent EMP clubs which give you access to some but not all charg­ing sta­tions, so we need a trans­par­ent net­work with eas­i­ly acces­si­ble charg­ing. For exam­ple, you could intro­duce tech­nolo­gies like cell phone pay­ment with­out reg­is­tra­tion or vis­i­bil­i­ty of the dif­fer­ent prices and speeds for charg­ing sta­tions.”

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Kiwigrid and chargeIT – Empow­er­ing the end user

Some of chargeIT’s key clients want to offer charge-at-home solu­tions to their end-users. Using a com­bi­na­tion of chargeIT’s charg­ing hard­ware and Kiwigrid’s home ener­gy man­age­ment soft­ware, chargeIT will soon be offer­ing its key clients charge-at-home capa­bil­i­ties.

This allows the client’s end-users to take advan­tage of intel­li­gent charg­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties at home, such as the effi­cient usage of self-pro­duced solar pow­er, inte­gra­tion with smart homes or pur­chas­ing off-peak pow­er.

This com­pre­hen­sive turnkey solu­tion is not just for B2B mar­kets in the form of charg­ing clus­ters but also with intel­li­gent B2C home-charg­ing that can be billed over one plat­form. Aside from secur­ing key busi­ness, it works towards inte­grat­ing all EV bat­ter­ies with the ener­gy grid.

Learn more about Kiwigrid’s home ener­gy man­age­ment soft­ware.