Purdue grad leads the charge on the EV phone app
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WPTA21) – In a small apartment complex a few miles from Purdue, a team of graduates are working on an innovative app that they hope will become the ‘Airbnb’ of navigation, activation and payment for recharge electric vehicles.
Dwi Sutander is CEO of AeonCharge.
Despite a degree in chemical engineering, his career path took an unexpected turn, towards entrepreneurship.
“When I moved here to the United States about six years ago, I dreamed of making Indonesia at least as clean as Indiana or Fort Wayne,” he told us, “it’s as well as I got involved in sustainability ”.
Although he now lives in West Lafayette, Sutander began his journey to “the American Dream” in 21Country.
He moved from Jakarta, Indonesia to attend IPFW.
There he met RA Jovian Susanto.
“I saw his name on the little ledger as people were moving,” Susanto explained, “and I thought, this guy? He’s from Indonesia, clearly.
It was a common point they both shared.
“I yelled at him, in Indonesian,” he continued, “he was looking around who it was, and he saw my face, and we connected from there.”
Susanto would open his home in Sutander, and the two lived together for a year before the CEO of AeonCharge continued his education at Purdue.
“This is how we were brought up in Indonesia. If anyone needed help, we would lend them a hand, ”said Susanto,“ for him it was natural progress to want to be challenged and see the next step, and not just improve his skills. life, but improve the lives of those around him. “
Although the auto industry is turning to electric vehicles, it will still take some time for the majority of the population to drive them.
For now, Sutander is hoping his app fixes a basic problem for those who already do.
“Right now there are about 50 different EV network providers in the US,” he told us, “you imagine you have to juggle 50 mobile apps? It’s a bit too much.
However, its long-term goal is to have a positive impact on the environment and its country of origin.
“I want to raise awareness about sustainability. It’s great to have visionaries like Elon Musk who has a vision to expand human colonization to another planet, but I also truly believe that we need people to have a vision to sustain life on earth today. “Sutander said,” because I personally shouldn’t be a species that starves the earth’s resources just because we can escape to another planet. On this earth, we don’t really live alone.
Sutander’s team recently won the top prize of $ 40,000 in the Burton D. Morgan Business Model competition at Purdue.
AeonCharge will launch to the public later this fall.
In Fort Wayne, more than two dozen Charge Point branded chargers will soon appear.
In December, the city of Fort Wayne received a $ 90,000 grant to invest in clean energy from the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee.
27 stations will be installed by the end of 2022 at the following locations:
- 2 at the Allen County Public Library in downtown
- 4 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
- 3 on rue Berry
- 2 at Foster Park
- 2 at Jefferson Pointe
- 9 between the three Meijer stores in Lima, Maysville and (soon) the Dupont / Diebold routes
- 2 at the Skyline garage
- 3 on Wayne Street parking lot
Officials told ABC21 on Tuesday that the first units have been installed at the Skyline Garage, but have not yet been activated.
These Charge Pointe chargers will be level 2.
We are told that the tariffs will cover the cost of electricity and the charges for the units, and the city will not make any profit on the recharge.