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EV Connect wins contract to install and manage 300 charging stations in New York State

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EV Connect, provider of a cloud-based charging station management platform, has won a $4-million contract from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to install and manage approximately 300 Level 2 charging stations throughout New York State, in addition to 100 charging stations the company is already managing under a 2013 agreement.

For this expanded program, EV Connect will partner with GE and EV Box to provide the charging stations, and with local contractors for the installations.

The NYPA project requires that the hardware and software be built on an open standards-based architecture. The EV Connect platform provides charge station-agnostic command & control; enterprise and energy systems integration via an open API; driver communications and support; and demand-response functionality across multiple charging networks.

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State to Get 300 Electric Vehicle Charging Locations Under $4M Deal

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The New York Power Authority has awarded a five-year, $4 million contract to a private company to build 300 vehicle charging stations throughout the state.

The deal is with EV Connect, an El Segundo, California-based company that manages charging stations nationwide.

The locations of the 300 new stations have not been selected, said Steve Gosset, manager of media relations for NYPA.

“While the locations have not been selected yet, they will be in public locations,” Gosset said.

There are about 1,600 electric charging stations statewide, according to Gosset.

In a statement, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the state’s goal is to have 3,000 charging stations online by 2018.

 

A cleaner LA: 8 clean tech companies you should know

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A cleaner LA: 8 clean tech companies you should know | Built In Los Angeles

A new crop of startups is bringing fresh opportunity to LA. Though many will go on to experience success in any of a number of industries, the mission to positively affect the environment seems to be inspiring veterans and rookies alike. Here are eight clean tech companies helping to make the community a better place.

 

As the electric car market diversifies to offer cars that people can really get excited about, the problem then becomes a lack of charging stations. For many companies, offering electric vehicle charging platforms is no longer an option, and that's where EV Connect comes in. The company's industry leading cloud platform provides enterprise charging solutions, not only making it easier for companies to offer charging stations for their employees, but also allows them a way to manage and operate the stations in a cost-effective manner.

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5 Questions About EV Connect: Introducing EV Charging as a Service

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5 Questions About EV Connect: Introducing EV Charging as a Service

We took a few moments to speak with Jordan Ramer, Founder and CEO of EV Connect.  EV Connect is transitioning the approach to public and enterprise EV charging management.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, the average EV owner will start his or her day with a full charge, do their daily driving, go home and then plug-in

overnight.  They start each day with a full charge and the cycle renews itself.

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But industry, government and other verticals don’t have the luxury of a simple cycle.  Or they’re struggling with how to manage multiple locations across a city, county or larger geographic area.  Or they need help with creating a charging network, or need an expert to manage the network they’ve already built.  This is what EV Connect does.

EV Connect follows the SaaS (Software as a Service) model, with a twist.  They see charging as a service.  To that end EV Connect offers a range of solutions: charging stations, where they work with you to select the best unit for your location. They offer an open-source software tool to help station owners better manage multiple charging stations across a geographical area.  They can step in and become the management company for an existing network of charging stations. They also offer industry-specific management solutions–hotels/hospitality, government, parking operators, etc.

They also have a “Parking Lot Manifesto”, a lovely piece of content that will add nuance to your view of parking lots.

We asked Ramer 5 questions about EV Connect, enjoy his responses:

Q: If I follow your site correctly, this is for fleet owners, parking garages, government units, etc. What are the mechanics of providing “24/7 care and management”?

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Utilities And Their EV Opportunity

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by Glenn Myers

The rapid growth now taking place in the EV sector is viewed by some as an extraordinary entrepreneurial opportunity for electric utilities, which are not traditionally regarded as belonging to the entrepreneurial or innovative classes.

According to Michael Shepard, chairman of energy advisory firm E Source, “Revenue growth is not the only benefit EVs offer to utilities.” How much revenue growth? Possibly up to $100 billion.

Electric transportation is one of the biggest strategic opportunities utilities have had in nearly a century, contends Shepard.

“How big? America spends roughly equal amounts on gasoline and electricity—about $400 billion a year for each. If electricity could capture the entire fueling market for light duty vehicles, power sales would rise by about 25%, adding roughly $100 billion per year to electric utility revenues and saving car drivers about $300 billion a year. [1] That’s a great deal for consumers and a big, hairy, audacious goal that should capture the attention of utility executives struggling with flat loads and profits.”

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In his article on UtilityDIVE, Shepard rightly points to the benefits EVs offer utilities in the grid services they can deliver to users.

“Utilities will increasingly need flexible, dispatchable loads and storage that can smooth out fluctuations from intermittent renewables and keep the grid stable. Electric cars can be taught to respond instantly to calls from grid operators to shed or increase load, store excess generation for later use, send stored energy into the grid, and provide frequency regulation and other ancillary services.”

According to Greentech Media, analysts at the Rocky Mountain Institute project that half ofAmerica’s vehicle fleet in 2050 could be electric, adding an additional 2,900 gigawatt-hoursof storage and generation capacity to the grid. The opportunity is obviously huge.

Many critics state utilities have been remarkably slow in adapting to disruptive renewable innovations like wind and rooftop solar. And now utilities have an opportunity to “capture a large chunk of a $400 billion US gasoline market from the oil companies,” writes Shepard.

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Not all utilities have their feet stuck in the mud. Recently, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a proposal by Southern California Edison (SCE) to invest $22 million in its “Charge Ready and Market Education Program,” under which the utility provides incentives to deploy 1,500 EVs.

In this case, SCE has a vision on the future. Having a utility participate in paying for the infrastructure to support EV charging is a new model for providing the infrastructure, Jordan Ramer, EV Connect CEO told Energy Efficiency Markets.

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State Contract Powers Up Charging Station Firm

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Energy:  EV Connect to hit road with $1.8 million for electric-car infrastructure

El Segundo’s EV Connect has won a $1.8 million contract from the California Energy Commission to install electric charging stations along the West Coast Electric Highway.

The Electric Highway is a network of roadside charging stations stretching from Canada to Mexico along various state and federal highways.  EV Connect will install charging stations at host sites such as Flying J Inc. centers, Staples Inc. retail stores and Hilton Hotels & Resorts locations.

EV Connect makes charging station management software designed to help station owners and utilities regulate and monitor usage.  The company also resells and installs electric charging stations.

EV Connect will install 13 fast-charging stations, which can juice up an electric car in about 30 minutes, and Level 2 electric-vehicle charging stations, which charge electric cars in about four to six hours, along segments of State Route 99 and the 5 freeway.  EV Connect will also run the stations using its management software.

As the electric-car charging infrastructure in the United States is being filled out with new facilities through funding from government and private organizations, EV Connect has benefited.  The company has won contracts with Southern California Edison, the state of New York and various municipalities, said President Jordan Ramer.

EV Connect is contracted with SCE’s Charge Ready, a program launched in January that is piloting a network of 1,500 charging stations throughout Southern California.

“As part of that program, our software platform can curtail and stop charging based on … commands from Southern California Edison during periods they need to closely manage their (electrical) grid, “said Ramer.

EV Connect has also benefited from the spread of car charging stations throughout parking lots on corporate campuses.

“We manage corporate campuses for Yahoo, Western Digital, ADP and Dell Inc.,” he said.

EV Connect has received about $4 million in venture capital from investors including Motus Ventures, 37 Ventures, Double M Partners, Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels.  The startup was founded in 2010 and now has close to 20 employees.