What is the Smart Car Beta?
Smart Car Beta is a secure API service that will allow the ev.energy app to connect with EVs and energy assets in the same way as we do with Tesla currently. The result of this is that users will be able to use the ev.energy app without the need to have a compatible smart charger.
It will also allow all users access to additional benefits of being directly connected to the vehicle. This means we can:
Assess the car’s state-of-charge - for more accurate charging predictions
Track your charging away from home - so we can consolidate your charge tracking within the ev.energy app
Display battery % in the app
What cars are available through the Smart Car Beta integration?
VW (not ID. series, e-Golf - also available in the US)
Audi (not Q4 e-Tron)
Renault (not Twizy, ZOE only Rlink Nov19+ or Easylink Oct20+)
Skoda (not Enyaq)
Porsche (only fully electric)
Volvo (only hybrids)
How does ev.energy connect to my car?
If your car is compatible through the Smart Car Beta you will be asked if you wish to connect your vehicle when setting up your car during the app onboarding. The app will then redirect you to a secure login portal for you to enter your login credentials you use for your connected car app, e.g MyBMW, MyVolkswagen, we will search for your vehicle and then ask for you to allow us access to your car.
By allowing us access we’re able to;
Make, model, VIN
Battery level and status
Start and stop charging
Are my login credentials safe?
When you connect your vehicle account, your credentials are passed directly to ev.energy and we read the access and refresh token provided back, which provides us access to the vehicles on your account. This process is based on OAuth2, a standard used worldwide to provide secure authentication to services such as Facebook and Google. We only use these tokens to access your vehicles to control your Smart Charging, not for any other purpose.
As such, ev.energy will permanently store your login credentials.
How do I revoke access / I no longer want to grant ev.energy access
We're working on a way of improving this so that in future you can revoke your access straight from the app but until then, please contact our support team on firstname.lastname@example.org - we'll be happy to assist you.
I don’t want to hand my username/password or token details over, but I’m still interested in Smart Charging.
We understand that not everyone is comfortable with handing over these details. You can still Smart Charge without integrating your car by using one of our integrated charge points.