Greenlots Streamlining EV Charging Infrastructure with SKY v3.0

While elec­tric vehi­cle adop­tion has been off to a slow start in the US – just sur­pass­ing the 100,000 vehi­cle sales mark – the charg­ing infra­struc­ture also has a long way to go. Green­lots, which designs and deliv­ers charg­ing net­works for EVs, just launched SKY v3.0, the lat­est release of its com­pre­hen­sive plat­form for site hosts and EV dri­vers. It’s an open stan­dards-based net­work man­age­ment solu­tion for charg­ing with a list of new fea­tures designed to expand charg­ing sta­tion func­tion­al­i­ty for EV dri­vers and site hosts.

SKY v3.0’s new fea­tures include a an option to mix and match charg­ing sta­tions from dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers; the abil­i­ty to switch net­work man­age­ment providers with­out replac­ing charg­ing sta­tions; and a future-proof solu­tion that elim­i­nates the risk of “strand­ed assets” if a net­work man­age­ment provider goes out of busi­ness.

Green­lots has been in oper­a­tion for the past five years and has been part of build­ing charg­ing net­works in the Asia Pacif­ic region, Europe, and North Amer­i­ca and cur­rent­ly has head­quar­ter offices in Sin­ga­pore and San Fran­cis­co. Green­lots was the first to intro­duce open stan­dards-based charg­ing using the Open Charge Point Pro­to­col (OCPP) to site hosts, net­work oper­a­tors, and EV dri­vers in North Amer­i­ca and the Asia Pacif­ic regions. Green­lots has worked close­ly with charg­ing sta­tion providers includ­ing ABB, Eaton, and Schnei­der Elec­tric to expend the open-stan­dards net­works.

North Amer­i­ca is now inte­grat­ing the open stan­dards that were pre­vi­ous­ly adopt­ed in Europe, says Brett Hauser, Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­ca at Green­lots. Site hosts have some­times been invest­ing in switch­ing over to new charg­ing sys­tems to access new­ly installed net­works, tak­ing on that unex­pect­ed expense. “It gives site hosts con­trol of their des­tiny, val­ue, and com­pet­i­tive pric­ing,” he said. “The switch­ing cost’s not there.”

In the US, charg­ing sta­tions are made up of pro­pri­etary net­works, some of them fund­ed by US Dept. of Ener­gy pro­grams such as EV Project. Green­lots has been work­ing with infra­struc­ture stake­hold­ers for sev­er­al years on open­ing up charg­ing sta­tion user acces­si­bil­i­ty and mak­ing it more viable and prof­itable for site hosts.

That could include employ­ers set­ting up charg­ing sta­tions for staff to charge at work and fleet man­agers over­see­ing EVs. SKY v3.0 has built in these new fea­tures, Hauser said, includ­ing net­work man­age­ment soft­ware, billing solu­tions, a com­pre­hen­sive report­ing sys­tem, and mobile appli­ca­tions for dri­vers. Anoth­er new fea­ture in SKY is the capac­i­ty to extend load con­trol demand and response through inte­gra­tion with major telem­at­ics plat­forms and third-par­ty net­works.

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