Published on October 10th, 2018 | by Kyle Field0
Hubject & ReCharge Partner To Expand Interoperable EV Charging Network
October 10th, 2018 by Kyle Field
Hubject has partnered with ReCharge to enable EV charging at public charging stations without the need for all those pesky RFID cards that EV drivers are currently forced to carry. The partnership is looking to build on Hubject’s in-car technology called Plug n’ Charge, which is made possible thanks to its intercharge platform that allows for international, interoperable charging on compatible stations.
As it stands today, there are already over 80,000 public charging stations equipped with the technology required to support Plug n’ Charge capability that the new partnership will work to enable. If successful, all EVs equipped with Hubject’s technology will be able to utilize these stations, thanks to ReCharge’s technology that enables the communication and payment processing without the need to enter payment information, use a smartphone app, or tap an RFID card to charge. Simply plug and charge, just like the name implies.
“Partnering with ReCharge was a natural fit for Hubject, because we are both focused on bringing innovative technology to the EV charging industry,” said Paul Glenney, North American CEO of Hubject. “Charging has traditionally been seen as one of the hurdles surrounding EV adoption but through our eRoaming platform and ReCharge’s connected vehicle technology, we can make charging even more convenient for users and help shift perceptions.”
Hubject’s hardware was designed to create a seamless payment experience across multiple EV charging networks, making finding and using a charging station that much easier. This is the dream that was promised by the ChargePoint-led and ChargePoint-squashed ROEV alliance a few years back. As EV charging continues to be a persistent pain point in the disjointed public charging experience, it is no surprise that new alternatives continue to surface.
According to Blink Charging Founder and Executive Chairman Michael Farkas, “ChargePoint is the biggest impediment to interoperability, period.” He went on to further drive the point home, noting that, “they have put every obstacle in the way of making that happen.” ChargePoint’s statement about the matter referred us over to an internal ChargePoint post detailing its desire for the ChargePoint network to be ‘open for all’, in an attempt to dance around a direct answer to interoperability.
Hubject and ReCharge are speeding ahead towards building the future of interoperable EV charging solutions for its customers, and will inevitably scale the solution around the world if it is successful. EV charging isn’t hard to do, it’s just hard to do well. Making EV charging something drivers can do without thinking too hard about it, like enabling payment from one account, one card, one app with only one bill is a great step in that direction.
Currently Hubject is responsible for connecting over 350 different charging businesses, including automakers and utilities partners, allowing EV drivers to seamlessly charge at over 80,000 charge ports across the globe.
“We’re excited to partner with Hubject because our priorities are very closely aligned,” stated Aaron Fisher, CEO & Co-Founder at ReCharge Technologies Corporation. “Making EV transportation easier is our main priority and partnering with like-minded companies, such as Hubject, allows us to advance toward this goal within the EV segment.”