A crowdfunding campaign for an “instant hybrid” battery technology system was recently launched by the startup Verd2GO. According to an email sent to EV Obsession, the system is based around the idea of being able to pick up and drop off batteries at automated kiosks (think of something similar to a RedBox, I guess).
The batteries are reportedly quite easy to install, and to change out; and the status of your battery’s energy reserves can be easily monitored via a smartphone app (which can also find nearby kiosks for you).
While the idea is certainly a compelling one, execution will of course mean everything — pricing, in particular, seems as though it could be a stumbling block to my mind.
Here’s more via the recent email:
Verd2GO, a revolutionary new clean energy start-up, has invented a portable, patent-pending, nano-battery technology that will change the way people collect, store and share energy, as well as power their vehicles and homes on-demand.
Instead of having to charge their cars for hours, drivers can swap depleted batteries for fully charged ones, extending their electric vehicle’s range. Batteries will be available from 24/7 self-service kiosks which doubles as energy storage units – charging during off-peak times of unused and cheap energy, or storing excess green solar or wind power. During demand times, these kiosks manage peak demand charges and also provide ancillary support for the local power grid. Docking stations allow people to power their house with rented renewable energy without installing expensive panels on their home.
“With our network of kiosks, people can utilize renewable energy to power their cars, homes, and devices on demand,” stated Sunny Sanwar, the inventor of Verd2GO. “Our system decentralizes energy and treats it as a product that consumers can take when needed. Our mobile app allows users to control their Verd2GO batteries remotely, monitor the lives of their batteries, their personal emissions and find kiosk locations no matter where they travel. Consumers can even make money selling back their unused energy. Much the way the DVR changed people’s relationship with their television, Verd2GO will change people’s relationship with energy. Verd2GO allows us to address energy issues today, as opposed to waiting years for more efficient solar cell, or novel battery technology to hit the market.”
It’s not completely clear yet how this will actually work once put into practice (I can think of a number of potential issues just off the top of my head right now), but I suppose that it’s an interesting idea.
Those interested can find the indiegogo campaign here.
Image Credit: Verd2GO