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Better Place were too far ahead of their time with the EV service station above. This advanced unit could exchange battery cartridges in minutes, rather than use plug in charging, but could not cater for hydrogen vehicles or offer load levelling for national grids as with the SmartNet™ system. When it comes to handling hydrogen, the proposed stations are potentially safer than any piped gas system. Homologation could take place in spite of OEMs stakeholdings, if they continue to remain aloof to the infrastructure problem, via independent automotive and energy consultants.




We're offering EV makers a way to equip future models (cars and taxis) with automated refuelling, simply by adapting their platforms to accept modular energy cartridges, in the slot a battery pack would fit. Granted, such conversion rest of SmartNet, proceeding through prototype, to production - to reduce the leap of faith - in a chicken and egg situation.


For van and truck OEMs, it is an easier decision. A kit simply bolts to the underside of their existing chassis, and in a couple of hours your EV (typically) is compatible with the SmartNet system. Overcoming the chicken and egg situation to a greater extent, but only when there are smarter services stations in existence. Hence, to make it happen, we need the service stations as a, affordable turnkey option.


The SmartNet™ 'universal' energy cartridge is the beating heart of SmartNet™ service stations. They are a modular design, to allow supply of different capacities to different vehicles. The 'smarter' service stations are geared to this concept, such that your hatchback, and an 18 wheel truck, can both share the same technology from the same service station.





Henrietta the newly hatched chick thinks she may have cracked it



CLEANING UP OUR ACT - Henrietta the hatchling chick, thinks she may have something to chirp about. She thinks she may have cracked it, without spilling the yolk. But she doesn't know enough about fuel cells and geodata to put it all together is a feasible form. She thinks we need a feasibility study, and other R&D to make it happen. She's got us chirping about it.




The system is based on a popular size for a container in which it is possible to house fuel cells and hydrogen storage cylinders and/or lithium batteries, including control electronics, such that the containers are interchangeable when used to provide energy for electrically propelled vehicles. This is only possible with our special loading and connection arrangement - coupled to a versatile delivery system.


In that these energy cartridges may contain different storage and methods for battery and fuel cell vehicles, we like to call them (and they are deemed to be) "Universal."


This is most suitable, especially for commercial vans and trucks, but also for automated or autonomously unmanned, artificially intelligent, self drive vehicles such as robotaxis and passenger vehicles, where, with an unmanned vehicle, there are no humans in the chain to execute nozzle couplings, or plug-in charging, but where with the Smartnet™ system, the container forms a cartridge that is exchanged to refuel vehicles so equipped.


The other aim of such a design, being to be able to mass produce an energy cartridge for vehicle OEMs to adopt, the versatile multi-fuel energy cartridge also being compatible with SmartNet™ recharging stations, for the purpose of automated refuelling of, for example, robotrucks.


Automated, or self drive autonomous vehicles will need an energy infrastructure that allows automation (like a vending machine) for billing and payment transactions at energy exchanges. Most OEMs have been fighting shy of meshing with the need for such a versatile EV infrastructure, but when it comes to roadside servicing and autonomous robotic vehicles such as Robotaxis and Robotrucks, these unmanned vehicles will need a way of refuelling that does not involve human intervention in normal use, if a truly convenient and continuous service is to operated.


One can imagine that fully operational, other public transportation services may be supplanted. Such as buses that are typically crowded and lack privacy. Though, there is nothing to stop robotic bus services from cutting the cost of operating scheduled routes, the ability to hail a taxi from anywhere to go anywhere is a distinct advantage.


The other component of the SmartNet™ system is Pay As You Drive (PAYD). This allows robotic vehicles to recharge, without a human in sight.





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