Sumitomo develops mobile app to enhance electric vehicle road trip experience

The pertinent features being developed for EV drivers will go beyond mapping chargers and provide data about when to charge based on altitude, weather, and other factors

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Sumitomo Electric Industries and EV Safe Charge, a Pepperdine Most Fundable Company, today announced collaboration on a new mobile app to enable electric vehicle (EV) drivers to experience the optimal road trip. During any journey, the EV Safe Charge app, powered by Sumitomo Electric, will provide users with never-before offered features, including benefits from hotel and restaurant partners and specialized travel coordination.

The pertinent features being developed for EV drivers will go beyond mapping chargers and provide data about when to charge based on altitude, weather, and other factors to alleviate 'range anxiety' – the fear among consumers that an EV has insufficient range to reach its destination, which is cited as an obstacle to widespread adoption of all-electric vehicles. Key to the collaboration, the companies are beginning to work with automotive OEMs to integrate these app features directly into EV models as well.

By combining the leading-edge of technologies of Sumitomo Electric with the firsthand EV consumer insights from EV Safe Charge, the companies will fill the need for an elevated EV experience during short and longer range trips. 

Koichi Washimi, general manager, systems & electronics division, Sumitomo Electric, said: “We are excited to work with EV Safe Charge to create an app that will give EV drivers peace of mind and unique offerings when traveling. As we see throughout CES, the new world of ‘Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric’ (CASE) is creating a dramatic shift in mobility and accelerating EV driver demands. For our part, we want EV drivers to be able to leverage our technology to improve their on-road experience throughout the United States, where the app is initially launching and much of this CASE innovation is happening.”

Sumitomo Electric has invested significant R&D resources into the EV domain for many years, applying know-how in energy management, charging solutions, and route guidance to continually make driving more comfortable for EV owners.

Caradoc Ehrenhalt, founder and CEO, EV Safe Charge, said: “Sumitomo Electric is an ideal technical partner with its world-class team, a rich history of innovation, and vast experience in automotive systems and integration. We share a mutual vision for the future of EV driving and are eager to create an unparalleled EV driver experience. The development of this app is another milestone for our emerging company, which is well-positioned to capitalize on continued EV hypergrowth.”

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