Marketing & Product Deal ‘Facilitates a Fully Managed EV Ecosystem’
Los Angeles-based EV Connect has disclosed a pact with GE whereby GE’s electric vehicle charging equipment will be paired with EV Connect’s cloud-based networked management system.
“This is exciting and important news for the EV industry, as it facilitates a fully managed EV ecosystem between the charging station, electric vehicle, driver and the utility that provides the power,” EV Connect CEO Scott Jarus said in an email.
EV Connect management is being used by both consumers at the workplace and by fleets, he told F&F.
‘A Perpetual License’
The joint marketing and product agreement “expands the global capabilities of both companies,” states a release.
GE is to be a preferred charging station supplier of EV Connect, and EV Connect will be a preferred management provider for GE charging stations worldwide. The agreement provides EV Connect with direct access to GE’s full line of WattStation and DuraStation brand EV charging stations, “including a perpetual license to access the GE WattStation Connect cloud-based operating platform.”
‘A Versatile and Feature-Rich Management Platform’
GE announced a networked version of its WattStation chargers nearly three years ago (F&F, April 27, 2012).
Last year GE implemented an open-access standard dubbed Connect (F&F, April 8, 2014).
The new agreement guarantees customers efficient access to “a versatile and feature-rich management platform, combined with high-quality equipment, for their charging station infrastructure,” EV Connect founder and president Jordan Ramer says in today’s announcement.
“Together with EV Connect, we will be able to provide customers with an innovative, end-to-end solution capable of meeting customers’ everyday EV charging station requirements,” said GE senior industrial solutions product manager Seth Cutler.
‘Demands and Expectations’
“The combination of our products and EV Connect’s service capabilities will help address the growing demands and expectations within the electric vehicle industry,” Cutler said.
EV Connect, which was established in 2009, includes Yahoo!, Marriott, Western Digital, 21st Century Fox, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York Power Authority, “and numerous municipalities” among its customers.
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Source: EV Connect with Fleets & Fuels follow-up