TORONTO, July 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Plug'n Drive announces the launch of Charge My Car on the Road, an open network of electric vehicle charging stations supported by
Greenlots that will serve Ontario's drivers. The official announcement
will be made on July 18th at Plug'n Drive's 2nd annual EV Day, Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto at 8 a.m.
"Right now, most of the public charging stations in Ontario are hard to
find and often can only be accessed by members with a special card."
said Cara Clairman, President and CEO of Plug'n Drive. By partnering
with Greenlots, a company that provides networked solutions for
electric vehicle charging, Plug'n Drive can take advantage of
Greenlots' open source platform so that Charge My Car charging stations
can be accessed by any smartphone or tablet, making finding a station
and paying to park and charge convenient and easy.
"Plug'n Drive has taken a leadership position by requiring that
Ontario's EV charging networks be open and accessible to all EV
drivers," said Brett Hauser, President of Greenlots. "The Charge My
Car network will be supported by Greenlots SKY, which allows drivers to
find and use the charging stations with any smartphone."
By creating an open network in Ontario and making sure it is
interoperable with systems in other provinces, a Canada-wide network is
possible that will allow drivers to use stations in any city,
municipality or province without the need to carry a wallet full of
special access cards.
Plug'n Drive conducted an RFP to find charging station manufacturers
that are willing to work together to establish and promote an open
network and provide hardware that can accommodate it. In this first
round, Plug'n Drive is pleased to be working with Eaton, the first EVSE
manufacturer to bring Greenlots SKY to Ontario. Plug'n Drive will also
be working with AddEnergie, offering a made in Canada charging station
with the VERnetwork™, an open source network that will allow for
interoperability with close to 500 charging stations across Canada.
About Plug'n Drive:
Plug'n Drive is a non-profit organization promoting the adoption of
electric vehicles to maximize their environmental and economic
benefits. Plug'n Drive has been actively involved in educating
consumers and business about the advantages of driving electric since
2008. More recently, Plug'n Drive has taken an active role in expanding
charging infrastructure by assisting consumers and businesses to find,
purchase and install EV chargers at home and commercial locations. For
more information visit: www.plugndrive.ca or www.chargemycar.ca.
Greenlots designs and delivers charging networks for electric vehicles,
with installed systems in 13 countries. The company is headquartered in
San Francisco with offices in Singapore and was the first to introduce
open standards-based charging using the Open Charge Point Protocol,
(OCPP) to North American site hosts, network operators and EV drivers.
The company's network operator platform, Greenlots SKY, is provided for
utilities, municipalities, EV manufacturers and distributors and other
businesses to install, own and operate their own EV charging network.
Greenlots' charging solutions are designed to be affordable, easy to
install, convenient to use, networked and global.
SOURCE: Plug'n Drive
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