By Alyssa Dalton
“Right now, most of the public charging stations in Ontario are hard to find and often can only be accessed by members with a special card,” said Cara Clairman, president and CEO of Plug’n Drive. By partnering with Greenlots, a company that provides networked solutions for electric vehicle charging, Plug’n Drive said it can take advantage of Greenlots’ open source platform so that Charge My Car charging stations can be easily accessed by any smartphone or tablet.
“Plug’n Drive has taken a leadership position by requiring that Ontario’s EV charging networks be open and accessible to all EV drivers,” said Brett Hauser, president of Greenlots. “The Charge My Car network will be supported by Greenlots Sky, which allows drivers to find and use the charging stations with any smartphone.”
According to Plug’n Drive, creating a Canada-wide network allows drivers to use stations in any city, municipality or province without the need to carry a wallet full of special access cards. It is also working with AddEnergie, offering a Canadian-made charging station with the VERnetwork, an open source network that will allow for interoperability with close to 500 charging stations across the country.