BMW acquires stake in charging infrastructure start-up HeyCharge

BMW acquires stake in charging infrastructure start-up HeyCharge

With its patent-pending "SecureCharge" technology, HeyCharge enables electric cars to be charged in underground garages and parking garages independently of an internet connection. In addition, billing is handled securely via a cloud platform.

The approach of "SecureCharge" is simple: According to the startup, the patent-pending technology enables communication between chargers and the HeyCharge app or the software development kit (SDK) via Bluetooth - an on-site Internet connection is thus said to be superfluous. Conventional public charging points communicate during the activation - whether started via app or RFID card - via the Internet with the backend to authorize the charging process. With "SecureCharge", the smartphone transmits all relevant data as soon as it has network again. A side effect: The activation is said to be significantly faster, since it takes place locally.

To use the system, either a wallbox from HeyCharge (with up to 22 kW) or a so-called "Access Point" is required. The latter is a control box with which existing charging points can be retrofitted. In the overall system, the total costs for hardware, installation, communication and service can be reduced by up to 80 percent, according to the company.