April 9, 2024

PowerPod outfits first electric vehicle chargers with peaq IDs

What is happening?

PowerPod assigns peaq IDs for the first devices on its DePIN for peer-to-peer electric vehicle charging, completing the first milestone of its Ecosystem Grant Program. 

Why is it important?

The development brings the PowerPod DePIN one major step closer to launching on peaq and sets the stage for its testing on krest.

What does it mean for the community?

More peaq IDs means more network activity, and more network activity means more value being created for everyone.

The DePIN that cures range anxiety

In the world of electric vehicles, range anxiety is the fear that your steed will run out of juice in an area without a single available charging station. This fear is a major hurdle to electric vehicle adoption, and it seems like drivers aren’t wrong to be concerned. The charging infrastructure as it is today is pretty insufficient, with chargers lacking and distributed unevenly.

PowerPod is building a decentralized physical infrastructure network (DePIN) that can cure range anxiety once and for all. With PowerPod, anyone will be able to open their private charger for the public to use and earn depending on the duration of the charging session and amount of power provided. It joined the peaqosystem, tapping peaq as its layer-1 backbone, and is now working toward the launch on peaq.

Drawing one major stride closer to the launch, PowerPod has set up the system for issuing and mapping peaq IDs for devices on its network. The current version of the implementation works with its vehicle charging adapter, a portable device that collects the data on a charging session, such as its duration and the amount of energy consumed. 

The script taps the peaq SDK (Software Development Kit) to create peaq IDs for the devices on peaq’s sister chain krest and also includes an off-chain server mapping those IDs to devices. As part of the development process, PowerPod has already connected several adapters to krest, bringing them online.

As the next steps, PowerPod will enable the adapters to upload the charging session data on peaq, using the peaq storage pallet, and add data counting and filtering. It will also eventually deploy its smart contracts on peaq, launching its $PT token on the network and building up the reward distribution mechanisms on peaq as well.

“We are excited to be making progress toward the eventual launch of peaq, and peaq’s handy SDK has proven to be a helpful tool for building fast. We look forward to the journey ahead and are confident in PowerPod’s ability to resolve a crucial pain point for the electric vehicle industry through Web3 mechanisms.”

— Bob, Senior Software Engineer at PowerPod

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