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Published on June 25th, 2014 | by James Ayre


CarCharging Will Integrate Tesla’s Charging Tech Into Blink Network

June 25th, 2014 by  

It looks like someone has already decided to take advantage of Tesla’s recent decision to open up its patents to free use — the EV charging services provider CarCharging is now planning to integrate Tesla’s charging technology into the Blink Network of charging stations.

Apparently, the current aim is “just” to add Tesla-capable adapters to its charging stations — so those hoping for the utilization of Supercharger technology will have to wait, for at least a little while longer.

Image Credit: CarCharging/BlinkImage Credit: CarCharging/Blink

The move is interesting — and it’s nice to see someone take Tesla up on its offer to use it’s patented technology — but it’s also a bit of a head-scratcher. Tesla’s EVs ship with adapters, so is it really that important to create a new standard (separate from the J1772 standard in-use in Level 2 charging stations today) that accommodates Tesla’s vehicles? I guess that it will make said adapters unnecessary, and that is a good thing, but it all sounds a bit not worth the effort, doesn’t it?

Hmm, maybe I shouldn’t complain. It is a “good” thing after all. 🙂

CarCharging only just recently acquired the Blink network from Ecotality, just last fall, so the company may have quite a number of more changes planned in addition to this. The company recently stated that it is “actively working with other major EV charging networks on various interoperability initiatives.”

On the subject of Tesla’s recent decision to open up its patents, what will that decision mean exactly? We still are not certain how this is going to affect other auto companies or EV companies and the market as a whole.

For those wondering about this, though, I direct you to an article that we recently published on just that subject. Unsurprisingly, a very substantial portion of the company’s patents deal with battery technology. It’s an interesting read overall, so I recommend that you check it out.

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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

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