GE’s Industrial Solutions business (NYSE: GE) today announced that it is implementing an open access standard to its electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) Connect software platform to provide simple interoperability for drivers and expanded unit capabilities for owners. Programmers everywhere now can design and launch customized applications (apps) for GE’s WattStation* EVSE via the cloud. No fees or royalties, the open application programming interface (API) to GE’s Connect network means easy access to a vast network of program designers and builders to integrate tailored functionality with GE WattStations anywhere.
“How convenient would vending machines be if they required specific Coke or Pepsi coins depending on the machine?” asked Seth Cutler, lead product manager, EV infrastructure and software, GE’s Industrial Solutions business. “The way we see it at GE, your EVSE should be as convenient as a vending machine.” Cutler added, “Interoperability across EV charger hardware should enable greater choices for equipment owners and greater mobility for EV drivers. Ultimately, payment providers, such as PayPal or common credit cards, are better positioned to provide payment services for drivers and station owners than hardware providers.”
Initial Programming Partnership Agreements
GE also recently established agreements with Recargo Inc., makers of the popular PlugShare app, and Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI) (“CarCharging”), owners of the Blink Network and EV chargers, to develop apps delivering increased payment flexibility at GE WattStations across North America.
Recargo’s crowd-sourced public charging station app and new payment solution, “Pay With PlugShare,” is the first to integrate with the WattStation Connect platform. Now, drivers using PlugShare, available for iOS and Android, are able to find a GE WattStation, view current pricing and availability and pay securely using Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. The widely used EV charging locator app is used by more than 60 percent of all EV drivers and is well suited to directly integrate with GE’s open API for a faster, easier and more accessible charging experience.