Volta Industries announced the launch of its PredictEV product, a machine learning and artificial intelligence solution for infrastructure planning, with a multi-year commitment from US utility Southern Company.
PredictEV uses advanced AI and analytics to aggregate disparate data sets to turn them into actionable insights for electric vehicle stakeholders.
The proprietary, patented-pending product from Volta Industries, analyses local mobility, demographic, corporate, and site-specific data at scale to identify key planning drivers such as suitable vehicle charging locations, the right mix of charging infrastructure (AC or DC Fast Charging), and expected EV adoption in a particular geography.
“Southern Company aims to be a leader in electric transportation solutions because it is good for businesses, communities, and the customers we serve,” said Chris Cummiskey, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and Customer Solutions Officer at Southern Company. “Volta’s PredictEV product allows us to inform and advise our customers on the right EV charging options for their needs, and to continue building the fueling network of the future for our customers.”
Even before its launch, Volta’s PredictEV was named a Finalist in the Energy category of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards, as well as a Stevie Award winner. Volta Charging has an ongoing strategic partnership with StreetLight Data, specialised in big data analytics for mobility. This allows both companies to use their combined analytics for the intelligent deployment of EV infrastructure by leveraging the PredictEV product.
With the launch of this product, Volta is aiming at corporations, state and local governments, Departments of Transportation, electric power utilities, and other EV stakeholders who are working to support transportation electrification within their jurisdictions.
In 2015, when electrive.com was just a newsletter, we reported that Volta Industries was working with “socially responsible brands” and had thus built up a network of 100 charging stations in 5 cities (San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Honolulu) where charging is offered for free. The company secured 7.5 million dollars in funding to expand its operations.
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