myEV by MyCarma: electric vehicle logger & app

The world's first electric vehicle logger for individuals that can track energy consumption and state-of-charge on (nearly all) production plug-in vehicles.
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We plug-in vehicle owners are a social bunch.  

We love our vehicles.  We wave at each other when we drive by.  We sometimes take way too much time answering people who ask "Like it?"

We tend to have a very high interest in numbers.  Especially our mile/kWh, MPG-equivalent, and our real-world range.  The existing data portals from manufacturers don't give all the info we'd like and more importantly they separate us into silos (LEAF portal, Volt portal, etc..).

So when we turn to standard OBD loggers we find our vehicles on the "not-compatible" list.

Where's the love?

Here it is.  A logger that IS compatible with nearly every currently available production plug-in vehicle in North America (and many of the vehicles internationally).

We've been logging these vehicles for a few years for fleets, and with your backing, we'll finish adapting that technology to make the world's best logger & app for EV owners.  Through the app EV owners can tell their personal EV story by being able to track, share, cheer, and connect.  

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The App

A few screenshots from the app are provided below. We will launch both Android and iOS versions. 

In the first pair of screenshots you see the Last Trip summary that provides the real-world numbers from the last trip.  This includes a ranking compared to all logged trips for your vehicle, compared to those on your team (more on teams later) this week and compared to others of the same model in your area. Additionally it gives you the starting and ending SOC, as well as the ability to post the result to the social networks of your choosing. 

The lifetime summary page provides summary results for all data we've logged on your vehicle.  Again, it ranks against both your team and owners of the same model in your area.  Of interest to many owners will be the Estimated Battery Health value.  Fortunately we have an expert in battery degradation in hybrid & electric vehicles on the team (got his Ph.D. beating up EV batteries).  Please note, we can estimate battery health on all the vehicles listed EXCEPT the Accord PHEV and the Porsche... we don't get quite enough signals on those models, yet.

The next screenshots are specific to public charging etiquette.  Each backer that receives a myEV logger will also receive a window sticker.  

The window sticker includes a personalized QR code.  This can be used by others in the myEV community to a) ask if they can unplug you at a public charging station in a privacy-protected way, b) give you an electric fist-bump, and c) request a connection to share info.


The last set of screenshots show the unlock screens and one of the unlocked features.  You and your team will collectively rack up EV miles.  As you hit EV mile thresholds additional features in the app will unlock.  The unlock feature shown below provides a histogram of charging events.

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Rewards



How does myEV compare to other loggers?

Click here to see a benefit comparison chart. *Please note: this chart was made to highlight the benefits of the MyCarma myEV contrasted against other loggers, and isn’t intended to be an absolute comparison. Other loggers (such as cellular) may have their own functionality & benefits, such as remote lock/unlock, GPS position etc. Using a Y-harness, myEV can also be run in parallel with other loggers.


Why would you want to log your EV?

Here are the top 5 reasons we've heard from fellow EV owners: 

  1. I want more data than what the dash shows me (ie. % SOC, not bars)
  2. I want to keep an eye on the health of my battery.
  3. I want to track my range throughout the year to see the impact of the weather, and to compare this to other EV owners in my area.  
  4. The other data system you use went down. Again. 
  5. I love my car and want to share my results with others that are in the EV community, and those that are considering becoming EV owners!

We've been listening.  And by adapting our fleet hardware and decodes (ability to log EV signals) we can give the community what it's looking for.  

Decoding and Cleaning

The challenge with logging EVs is getting the signals.  Most after-market loggers use emissions-related signals.  That's why they can't get the energy/battery info that we all want.  To work on EVs you need to be able to log the non-standard signals.  We do this. 

Additionally, since they're non-standard, each manufacturer uses different signals that can have slightly different meanings.  For instance, battery power from one manufacturer can mean something slightly different than battery power from another.  So in addition to decoding the signals they need to be normalized to be able to share across vehicles.  It's taken us a while, but we've figured this out.

The Teams & Draft Feature List

What's this about teams?  Well, with EV owners being so social, we want to enable owners to grow together.  Teams of up to 20 people will be linked. Racking up EV miles together, you will have app features unlocked as you hit key milestones.  A draft feature list is shown below.  Additional signals/data will be available for specific vehicles.  



The Compatible Vehicles 

  • BMW i3 (being finalized)
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Chevrolet Spark EV
  • Citroen C-Zero
  • Coda Sedan (in development)
  • Echo Automotive Van
  • Fisker Karma
  • Ford Transit Connect EV
  • Ford Focus EV
  • Ford CMAX Energi
  • Ford Fusion Energi
  • Hafei Saibao EV (in development)
  • Honda Fit EV
  • Honda Accord PHEV
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (being finalized)
  • Mitsuoka Like
  • Modec Delivery Van
  • Navistar eStar
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Opel Ampera
  • Peugeot iOn
  • Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid PHEV
  • Renault Kangoo
  • Renault ZOE (done!)
  • Smart fortwo electric drive (3rd generation)
  • Smith Newton
  • Tesla Model S
  • Tesla Roadster (being finalized)
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in
  • Toyota RAV4EV (second generation, being finalized)
  • Th!nk City (being finalized)
  • Volvo V60 PHEV (being finalized)
Is your plug-in vehicle missing from the list?  Give us a shout at lovemyplug@mycarma.com and let us know what vehicle you have.  We have a few additional decodes in the works. 

The Hardware

The Logger Family
The Logger Family


The prototype hardware and firmware for MyCarma myEV is based on two of our designs we currently have in production here in North America.

The dad is the FleetCarma hardware that is currently installed in fleet EVs all over the world.  The cellular version is more popular - it has a good ROI for a fleet needing to maximize the benefits of EVs, but is a bit pricey for an individual enthusiast.  So it's a bit of overkill for a personal EV logger. 

The mom is the CrossChasm OpenXC logger.  It has a similar form-factor to the manual (non-cellular) version of the FleetCarma logger.  The hardware is slightly different though, and it has a Bluetooth chip.  This logger is used by app developers to make use of the extra signals Ford has given access to.  Unfortunately, this hardware and firmware can't make use of FleetCarma's decodes for electric vehicles.  

The daughter, a prototype, has been created to combine the electric vehicle capability of the dad, with the Bluetooth capability of mom.  With your backing, we will be able to take that prototype into full production and complete the necessary testing with the app. 

Timing

We have the myEV hardware and firmware prototyped.  If the campaign is successful, the production-intent design will be completed and sent to production.  

Additionally, the unlock features that will be added to the app will be established based on the feedback of the backers.  These will be integrated into the app.  

While there remains additional testing and production timing, the balance of the work is scheduled to be completed over a three month period.


Are you MyCarma? Or CrossChasm?  And what's a FleetCarma?

One team.  One goal.  Three parts... and because an engineer leads our marketing efforts, three names (thanks Matt).  So we're all three.  Read more about us in the full bio if you're so inclined.  

...oh yeah, and if you're wondering, our goal is to make high-efficiency vehicles a reality.


Campaign Updates

June 1st update: Q&A was added below. Please keep the questions coming! 

June 2nd update: Draft feature & upgrade list.  

June 9th update: We originally overlooked including a Model S early-bird perk. It has been added now. For anyone who has already contributed to the full-priced Model S perk, we'll throw in a t-shirt at no cost. Our sincerest apologies!

June 16th update: Due to popular demand, we have extended the Viking early-bird perk another 20 people. The price will increase once these are sold out.

June 17th update: Added the Toyota RAV4EV and Renault ZOE to the compatibility list. We are still working on these models, but they will be ready by the time we ship.

June 18th update: Added the BMW i3, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and Volvo V60 PHEV to the compatibility list.  Like the RAV4EV and ZOE the compatibility work is in-progress and will be completed before the ship date. 

June 23rd update: Added the Tesla Roadster (hat-tip to Mark from OVMS). Similar to the Model S, it also requires the harness, so please choose either the Pioneers or Astronauts perk.

June 24th update: Vikings Extended Early-bird is now sold out! We've just added a TITANS (Early-bird 2) perk, a $20 discount off the full price.

July 3rd update - Pre-Independence Day Surprise: Added the Coda to the list. A big thanks to Don, David, and Bill! Also, as a free upgrade, we'll now also be shipping our loggers with either on-board storage or cellular connectivity. Read more about the update here.

July 8th update: We've added a free upgrade: all loggers will now come with on-board storage!

July 12th update: It has happened, $25k and 100%! A huge THANK YOU to all our backers!

July 22nd update: Our campaign has successfully ended; thanks for backing us! To get more info, you can now visit our website.


Q&A

We've had some great questions that have come up a few times.  Here's a quick Q&A. 

Can I use the myEV device in parallel with another device?

Yes.  You'll need a y-harness. Since the myEV device is fully passive on most vehicles (doesn't create signal traffic like an OBD device does) it plays nicely with others.  

My vehicle (i3, Outlander PHEV,  RAV4 EV, ...) isn't on your list.  Will it be?

For most of these, yes.   Shoot us an email at lovemyplug@mycarma.com and we can confirm vehicles/timing for you.  Most of the vehicles will be added to the list before the October ship date.  

Are you going to also show "X"? (X can be any other signal/value that may be of interest)

With the signals we're able to get, there are a number of things we can include.  We want to prioritize what get's included/added with the backers.  We'll get the draft list posted here in the next day to give you a better idea of what we are planning to add.  

Please keep the questions coming!  And thanks everyone for your time and backing!  

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The T-Shirts

For those backers that pick the Outfitter Perk (T-Shirt) here are the options for you to choose from:

T-Shirt Option #1 (available for men & women)
T-Shirt Option #1 (available for men & women)

T-Shirt Option #2 (available for men & women)
T-Shirt Option #2 (available for men & women)

T-Shirt Option #3 (available for men & women)
T-Shirt Option #3 (available for men & women)

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  • $5USD
    NAVIGATORS

    The wise people in this category will get a virtual high-five from us and (if they wish) help our explorers chart their course. They will be given private access to give their feedback on what additional features they do and don't want in future releases. They will help define what myEV will and won't become.

    0 claimed

  • $15USD
    FIRST MATE

    These proud EV owners want to be part of the expedition, but like to travel light (without hardware). The EV owners will be provided with their own window sticker and app to enable the unplug requests and electric fist-bumps. This reward doesn't include hardware or real-world data, but that can be added later.

    12 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $29USD
    OUTFITTERS

    These full-size explorers will wear their support on their sleeve with a t-shirt. Three designs in the project description (your choice). Free shipping within the U.S. and Canada. Additional shipping costs for international orders.

    4 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $119USD
    VIKINGS (EARLY-BIRD)

    The first explorers, these folks will receive MyCarma myEV at an extra special price. They will receive the myEV device, the window sticker, and the app. They will also have first choice on what EV team they will be on. Free shipping within the U.S. and Canada. Additional shipping costs for international orders.

    42 out of 42 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $119USD
    VIKINGS (EARLY-BIRD EXTENDED)

    *Due to popular demand, we have extended the Viking early-bird perk another 20 people. The price will increase once these are sold out.* The first explorers, these folks will receive MyCarma myEV at an extra special price. They will receive the myEV device, the window sticker, and the app. They will also have first choice on what EV team they will be on. Free shipping within the U.S. and Canada. Additional shipping costs for international orders.

    20 out of 20 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $129USD
    PIONEERS (Model S EARLY-BIRD)

    The first explorers, these folks will receive MyCarma myEV at an extra special price. They will receive the myEV device, the window sticker, the app, AND the Model S harness. They will also have first choice on what EV team they will be on. Free shipping within the U.S. and Canada. Additional shipping costs for international orders.

    30 out of 30 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $139USD
    TITANS (EARLY-BIRD 2)

    As early explorers, these folks will receive MyCarma myEV at a special price. They will receive the myEV device, the window sticker, and the app. Free shipping within the U.S. and Canada. Additional shipping costs for international orders.

    40 out of 40 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $149USD
    T-BLAZERS (Tesla EARLY-BIRD 2)

    As early explorers, these folks will receive MyCarma myEV at an extra special price. They will receive the myEV device, the window sticker, the app, AND the Model S harness. Free shipping within the U.S. and Canada. Additional shipping costs for international orders.

    15 out of 15 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $159USD
    AVIATORS

    These explorers will receive the myEV device, the window sticker, and the app. Free shipping within the U.S. and Canada. Additional shipping costs for international orders.

    19 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $169USD
    ASTRONAUTS (Model S)

    These explorers will receive the myEV device, the window sticker, the app, AND the Model S harness. We promise that this isn't because your car is so fancy. It's simply that the Model S needs a special harness that bumps our costs. Free shipping within the U.S. and Canada. Additional shipping costs for international orders.

    17 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $549USD
    MINI ARMADA (5-pack)

    These explorers will receive 5 myEV devices, the Model S harnesses (if needed), the window stickers, and the app. Free shipping within the U.S. and Canada. Additional shipping costs for international orders.

    0 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $999USD
    ARMADA (10-pack)

    These explorers will receive 10 myEV devices, the Model S harnesses (if needed), the window stickers, and the app. Free shipping within the U.S. and Canada. Additional shipping costs for international orders.

    2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2014
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