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ByteSnap launches new EV-focused Versinetic division

20 November 2020

ByteSnap Design, an embedded electronics design consultancy, is today launching a new electric vehicle (EV) charging division, Versinetic.

Versinetic is made up of team members with a long-standing history in the EV space. They were behind the electronics for charge posts used at the London Olympics and the communications controller for the innovative V2G project, VIGIL (‘VehIcle to Grid Intelligent controL’).

The new division will provide a range of hardware, software and consultancy services all under one roof for manufacturers of EV charge points. Clients will benefit from customised designs where time to market is accelerated and integration challenges are minimised for EV charger solutions.

With rapid adoption and significant subsidies for EVs alongside the government’s green initiatives, the EV charge point market is set to grow exponentially. Just one example is the UK Department for Transport’s (DfT) recent commitment to have at least six high-powered, open-access charge points at motorway service areas in England, with some larger sites having as many as 10-12, all in the next three years. However, there are a number of challenges within the sector.

Dunstan Power, Director of ByteSnap Design and the driving force behind Versinetic said: “Off-the-shelf EV charging solutions are currently saturating the market, but fall short. We’ve had a sharp increase in incoming enquiries, and most are from companies where basic chargers do not meet specific requirements, perhaps due to software, communications, timing issues, UI compatibility, configuration of load sharing, or many other reasons. Therefore, we have created versatile hardware and software products, backed by a flexible consultancy model to bring more charging solutions to market.”

Targeting the UK and EU market primarily, Versinetic’s EV charge point design solution is based around versatile ‘Charging Blox’, conceptualised product and service modules that can be configured to precisely match customers’ requirements. These are broadly aligned to three clearly defined offers:

• Design concept – includes consultancy, feasibility studies and evaluation kit

• Solution design – Versinetic products and software

• Supply options – licensed or on a non-recurring engineering basis

These combine to create a complete EV charge point solution. Initial customers include an innovative continental European company working in the EV smart charge point solution area. Versinetic is also in advanced talks with several other businesses.

Versinetic is looking to attract EV charger manufacturers and others with an interest in the sector, such as automakers thinking of bundling chargers with EVs.

The new division name, Versinetic, stands for Versatile Intelligent Kinetic Energy. Versinetic will be headed up by embedded product design veteran Dunstan Power and expects to recruit both software and hardware engineers and train them for the EV market.

Graeme Wintle added: “We offer an experienced, reliable and enthusiastic team.  We have been designing EV charging technology since the 2012 London Olympics, have worked with the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) and were an integral part of the innovative Government-backed V2G VIGIL consortium.”

The collaborative research project, VIGIL, successfully met its aim of building and trialling an off-vehicle communication and control platform that will encourage DNOs, building owners and EV/EV infrastructure owners to adopt V2G as part of future network solutions.

The project won this year’s Electric Vehicle Innovation & Excellence Awards (EVIEs) in the ‘Innovation in V2G’ category and was shortlisted in Business Green’s Green Infrastructure Project of the Year.

“From start-ups to blue chips, Versinetic’s embedded systems engineers are enabling companies to be a step ahead by providing them with bespoke V2G and EV charger solutions.

“Our extensive understanding of the electronics and software within chargers is encapsulated in our new Versinetic division, which will bring flexibility, versatility and bespoke EV charge point design to our clients,” concluded Graeme Wintle.

 For visitors to CENEX LCV, appointments with Versinetic can be booked here: https://www.bytesnap.com/bytesnaps-new-ev-charging-products-cenex-lcv-2020/.


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