‘The Sky’s the Limit for Programmers Everywhere’
GE is broadening the market for its WattStation brand electric vehicle supply equipment by implementing an open access standard to its Connect brand EVSE software platform.
The change allows simple interoperability for drivers – they will be able to pay for their electricity with major credit cards at a wider range of charging stations – and expanded unit capabilities for owners, as “programmers everywhere now can design and launch customized applications (apps) for GE’s WattStation EVSE via the cloud.”
There are no fees or royalties. The open application programming interface for the Connect network “means easy access to a vast network of program designers and builders to integrate tailored functionality with GE WattStations anywhere…
Letting the Payment Experts Handle Payments
“The sky’s the limit,” GE says.
“The way we see it,” GE lead product manager Seth Cutler says in a release, “your EVSE should be as convenient as a vending machine.”
“Interoperability across EV charger hardware should enable greater choices for equipment owners and greater mobility for EV drivers. Ultimately,” Cutler said, “payment providers, such as PayPal or common credit cards, are better positioned to provide payment services for drivers and station owners than hardware providers.”
GE says it has recently established agreements with Recargo-PlugShare and the Car Charging Group, which has taken over the Blink network, to develop apps delivering increased payment flexibility at GE WattStations across North America.
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Source: GE Industrial Solutions with Fleets & Fuels follow-up