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November 5, 2018

Blink/Hubject team for US EV charging

Blink Charging and Hubject have formed a partnership to provide EV drivers in the US with expanded charging coverage and communication capabilities.

By Rhodri Morgan

Blink Charging and Hubject have formed a partnership to provide EV drivers in the US with expanded charging coverage and communication capabilities.

Hubject is a joint venture formed by companies in the automotive, energy and technology sectors, which includes BMW , Daimler, Siemens and the Volkswagen Group.

As a result of the tie-up, Blink ‘s nationwide network of chargers will become accessible to all EV drivers participating in Hubject ‘s charging platform using their provider’s membership card and app.

Blink ‘s base of around 135,000 members will now be able to access charging stations on Hubject participating networks while driving in the US, without having to register with any other charging companies.

The partnership’s mission is to provide charging interoperability for all EV drivers participating in Hubject ‘s international multi-network intercharge platform, expanding where EVs can charge as well as facilitate essential two-way telemetric communication between EV ‘s, charging networks and car manufacturers.

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with Hubject , globally-recognised as a leader in enabling EV charging interoperability,” said Blink founder and CEO, Michael Farkas.

“This partnership allows members of other networks on Hubject ‘s platform to charge their electric vehicles at Blink ‘s charging stations.

“Additionally, we believe partnerships like the one announced today, will serve to improve charging station infrastructure, enhance the EV driver user experience, further accelerate EV adoption and expand Blink ‘s position.”

The partnership between Blink and Hubject will become operational in early 2019.

Working with OEMs in implementing the ISO 15118 communication protocol is envisioned to be the first step in implementing communication between electric vehicles and charging networks without the need for any human interaction during the charging process.

The telemetry between electric vehicles, charging networks and OEMs is also designed to allow the OEMs to incorporate critical EV data into future EV design as well as to layout the groundwork for enhanced EV ownership programmes.

“Our partnership with Blink presents an opportunity to set the standard for open collaboration in our e-mobility industry,” said Hubject North America CEO, Paul Glenney.

“We exist to enhance the EV customer experience by streamlining EV charging for drivers. Our shared philosophy will help to get more Americans to drive electric vehicles.”

Hubject ‘s eRoaming platform, called intercharge, would allow Blink members to find, access and pay at all participating charging stations from various charging networks with one account, one card, one app and one bill.

Blink designs, owns, operates and sells EV charging equipment through the Blink brand, as well as a number of other charging station equipment manufacturers such as Chargepoint, General Electric (Ge ) and SemaConnect.

Blink Charging also offers connectivity to the Blink Network, a cloud-based platform which operates, manages and tracks Blink EV charging stations and all associated data.

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