Blink Charging connects with Plug&Charge
Hubject and charging infrastructure provider Blink Charging have entered into a cooperation to provide Blink customers in the USA and Europe with Hubject’s Plug&Charge functionality and to expand the Plug&Charge ecosystem.
Blink Charging describes itself as a full-service provider of charging infrastructure: the US company designs, builds and operates chargers. By its own account, Blink has installed more than 51,000 charging points in 25 countries, but the US-American company’s main focus is on its home market in the United States. These are primarily AC chargers. In addition, Blink operates a roaming network called ‘Blink Network’. Blink and Hubject had already entered into a roaming cooperation in 2018.
The Plug&Charge cooperation that has now been agreed upon primarily involves the charging stations operated by Blink itself. Blink will now implement Plug&Charge technology in precisely those charging stations with the support of Hubject. The Plug&Charge function is based on the ISO15118 protocol, which enables a fully automatic charging process – we reported in this article how exactly the vehicle, charging station and charging provider authenticate each other.
“This collaboration will be an added benefit for EV drivers who charge with Blink chargers,” says Michael D. Farkas, CEO and founder of Blink Charging. “Hubject’s Plug&Charge service will enable Blink users with vehicles capable of using Plug&Charge to charge their EVs without the need of an RFID card or using an app, making the charging experience more convenient and reliable.”
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Blink Charging to offer their drivers a seamless Plug&Charge experience across their expansive North American and European network,” said Trishan Peruma, CEO of Hubject. “Creating an effortless charging experience for EV drivers lowers the barriers of EV adoption. The more straightforward the process, the more people will be convinced to join in the mobility transition.”