California Company Wins $1.6 Million NYPA Contract,
Will Use Eaton Gear But Cites OCPP as Winning Factor
Los Angeles-based EV Connect has a contract worth $1,568,108 from the New York Power Authority for the deployment and management of more than a hundred electric vehicle charging stations in 37 locations throughout New York State.
EV Connect will install Level II chargers from Eaton, says VP David Hughes. But the key selling point for NYPA, he told F&F, is EV Connect’s use of the Open Charge Point Protocol to manage its chargers. OCPP, he says allows different types of EV chargers to be used on the same network, thereby guarding against obsolescence or what some call stranded equipment should a charger manufacturer go out of business.
The chargers for NYPA, EV Connect says, “will operate on EV Connect’s open charging network and provide NYPA and its customers with real-time charge station monitoring, electricity usage, payment processing, reporting, demand response capabilities, and more.
“EV Connect’s management services will also eliminate NYPA’s need for hands-on charging station operations and driver support functions.”
‘The Best Investment Possible’
“Since our EV charging station network utilizes open charge station management software instead of a proprietary and locked network, NYPA’s charging stations won’t run the risk of becoming unsupported over time,” EV Connect CEO Jordan Ramer said in a release.
“NYPA has ensured that New York taxpayers are getting the best investment possible for their EV charging station infrastructure.”
The new EV charging stations are part of the Charge New York Initiative, introduced in 2013. New York aims to establish a statewide network of up to 3,000 EV charging stations within the next several years, EV Connect says.
Other EV Connect customers include Marriott, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Source: EV Connect with Fleets & Fuels follow-up