A project spearheaded by IBM will make it easy for people to charge their electric vehicles throughout Europe.
Through the "B2B Marketplace," IBM's technology will allow sync up utilities and EV charging stations so that networks across countries and currencies can be linked.
The goal is to standardize how payments are managed across various charging networks and to handle international currency conversions.
It will allow EV drivers to roam from region to region using public charging infrastructure without having to think about which energy provider or EV infrastructure company "owns" it.
B2B Marketplace is based on the model used to support international roaming services on mobile phones, says IBM.
The initiative is part of the Green eMotion project funded by the European Union, which aims to establish a Europe-wide EV charging network by 2015.
"This marketplace will pave the way for the electromobility mass market in Europe. It allows for open access to charging spots throughout Europe thus making the journey with an e-car simple and convenient," says Heike Barlag, an engineer with Siemens AG and Project Coordinator Green for eMotion.
IBM is one of 43 energy providers, EV manufacturers, technology companies, municipalities and research organizations involved in Green eMotion. The marketplace uses data analytics software from the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise group along with technology and services form Enel, SAP and Siemens.