Network Based Energy Preference Service for Managing Electric Vehicle Charging Preferences

  • US 20090313098A1
  • Filed: 06/16/2008
  • Published: 12/17/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/16/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer implemented method of managing network based preferences associated with charging transactions for electric vehicles, the computer implemented method comprising:

  • receiving an identification of a principal associated with a first computing device by a network based energy preference service using a network connection between the first computing device and an energy preference server associated with the network based energy preference service, wherein the principal is an entity having an interest in a charging transaction for an electric vehicle, and wherein the charging transaction is a transaction associated with at least one of charging the electric vehicle, storing electric power in the electric storage mechanism associated with the electric vehicle, and de-charging the electric vehicle;

    receiving a selection of preferences for the principal from the first computing device over the network connection to form a set of preferences for the principal, wherein a preference in the set of preferences specifies a parameter of the charging transaction that is to be minimized, maximized, or optimized, and wherein the preferences are stored in a data storage device associated with the energy preference server; and

    responsive to receiving a request for a subset of preferences from the set of preferences for the principal from a preference requesting service, retrieving the subset of preferences from the set of preferences by the network based energy preference service; and

    sending the subset of preferences to the preference requesting service.

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