Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sprint Provides M2M for ECOtality Electric Car Charging Stations

Sprint has been chosen to provide machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity for ECOtality Blink electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

ECOtality is planning to install Blink electric vehicle charging stations across the U.S., including 15,000 Level 2 chargers at residential and commercial locations, and over 300 DC Fast Charging ports at public and commercial sites throughout 2011. Sprint will provide the wireless network that will allow ECOtality to monitor and manage the Blink Network.

In addition, ECOtality is planning on offering advertising. Each Blink DC Fast Charger is equipped with a daylight readable, 42-inch color LCD display, and a 7-inch LCD touchscreen display on the Pedestal unit. Media content can be both tailored to specific markets and broadcast nationally across Blink Network charger locations. This will be delivered wireless to each unit.

"With the Sprint Command Center technology, our Blink EV charging stations are provided with the reliable wireless connectivity necessary to power the advanced capabilities of the Blink Network and ensure customer satisfaction," said Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality. "In addition, we are able to conduct a variety of business services, from monitoring to electronic payments. EV drivers will be able to depend on our chargers for smart operation, intuitive features, and reliable connectivity."