Introducing TIMO: shaping a smooth transition to EV and a zero-carbon future for all
TIMO is a human-centred data platform that connects drivers and communities across the dynamic network of EV charge points in the UK.
No extra app needed
TIMO is designed as an integration to existing map apps such as Google and Waze so we can integrate across all competing services as one source of truth. EV drivers link their car on the map app and answer a few questions about their plug type and charging range; then, they are ready to go. This way TIMO disperses a powerful and simple small intervention across an already existing mass user base. These are some most important parts for integrating EV into our future lifestyle.
Proactive notifications let chargers find the EVs
TIMO inverted the logic of a regular charge point service. Instead of waiting for drivers to find chargers, it allows chargers to find drivers proactively according to their estimated battery status. This eliminates the mental stress of planning for a charge from the user journey. The bigger advantages of this innovation include helping to disperse charger use across the grid, managing traffic and avoiding congestion.
Reliable and flexible bookings
TIMO can intelligently recommend, book and plan charge points to meet drivers’ requirements. For example, the driver can plan a route with an available charge point or find one with desired amenities nearby, all with a few simple clicks on the map app. Information about time planning will be clearly indicated.
The booking information will then be transferred to appear live on the actual charge point. This is to enable users that prefer less digital interactions can still access and use the charger. The different colours of light (Red: finished charging; Yellow: low battery/have booing in 1 hour; Green: available to use/charging now) tell the story of the availability of the charge point, making it easy to use as a walk-in service.
In case someone occupies a charger the driver has booked at the last minute, Timo will automatically find the next best available one and notify the user of the new booking. This is achieved through an additional camera on the charge point, using AI technology to recognise whether a car is parked in the charging spot.
Low carbon activities bring communities closer
As our mission is to embrace the transition to a zero-carbon lifestyle with everyone, we integrate recommendations of community-based activities into Timo. The event information will be obtained from platforms like Meetup or Eventbrite, with a filter that pushes eco-friendly ones forward.
We believe that these events will help build long-term communities and enables people to engage in healthier activities.
Chargepoint as a beacon for local stories
Non-EV drivers have the opportunity to interact with the charge point. The side of the charge point facing the pavement is designed with a flat surface to embed a poster with a QR code. The QR code directs them to a webpage hosted by the local council, with information about the charge point: what this is, how it is used, why we need it here. Some simple data visualisations, such as how many cars it has served, help to communicate to non-drivers the positive impact it has on the zero-carbon movement.
To capture attention, we invite local artists to create artworks on selected charge points that represent the locality’s cultural surroundings. These can embrace urban environments’ diverse culture and history and local stories.
Human-centred data enables convenient and sustainable lifestyle patterns
Data gathered helps people choose what works best for themselves as part of meaningful behavioural design. People need help finding chargers, so we use the GPS on users phones. Users choose the destination; users choose their preferences. TIMO shapes the choice architecture to create pathways to sustainable zero-carbon communities.
We only share the charger data such as using rate, peak time and status for research purposes. The data integrates across the entire EV mobility ecosystem, bringing all stakeholders, including non-drivers, closer together.