BC Hydro (BCH) has selected Greenlots’ SKY network management solution to manage a provincial network of DC Fast Chargers (DCFC), announced in January 2013. The initial rollout in British Columbia includes 13 DCFC supplied by electrical power equipment manufacturers ABB and Eaton. Greenlots is a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicle (EV) networks.
Based on Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), SKY allows site hosts the flexibility to mix and match hardware and software vendors to suit their specific needs, while providing full access to programs and the ability to monitor charging station activity. The DC Fast Chargers running on SKY allow drivers to charge their cars, free from subscription-based issues, and offer payment options for credit cards via mobile apps, RFID cards, pay-by-phone or card swipe.
The $1.3-million DC Fast Charger Project was funded by the provincial government under the Clean Energy Vehicle Program to provide electric vehicle owners across British Columbia with an accessible network of charging options. To date, 13 communities in British Columbia have agreed to serve as site hosts and charging station operators for the DC Fast Chargers.
The Clean Energy Vehicle Program includes the Community Charging Infrastructure Fund, which supported 452 Level 2 charging station installations in public locations throughout BC; the CEV for BC Point of Sale Incentive Program which has provided 659 vehicle incentives to date; upgrades to hydrogen fueling infrastructure; the LiveSmart Residential Charging Station Rebate Program which has supported 190 residential charging stations; and 125 Level 2 charging station installations in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings by 31 March 2014.