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Researchers Use Blockchain to Drive Electric Vehicle Infrastructure


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Charging a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle.

Researchers in Canadas University of Waterloo have incorporated blockchain into energy systems, which could serve to expand the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

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Researchers in the Cheriton School of Computer Science and the Department of Management Science of Canada’s University of Waterloo have incorporated blockchain into energy systems, which could serve to expand charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs).

An open blockchain platform will give EV owners, property owners, and charging service operators access to charging data, and alert them to tampering; EV owners will be able to see whether they are being overcharged for charging their vehicles, and property owners will be alerted to instances of underpayment.

Said Waterloo’s Christian Gorenflo, “Mitigating trust issues in EV charging could result in people who have charging stations and even those who just have an outdoor outlet being much more willing to team up with an EV charging service provider, resulting in much better coverage of charging stations.”

From University of Waterloo News
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