Phoenix, December 8, 2011 —ECOtality, Inc and Silver Spring Networks, Inc., announced an agreement to integrate ECOtality's Blink electric vehiclecharging stations with the Silver Spring Smart Energy Platform.
ECOtality will market and sell the integrated Blink stations globally, enabling utilities to offer their customers smart EV charging options. The companies demonstrated product interoperability at Grid-Interop 2011 this week.
The joint development agreement will provide another option, in which the Blink station leverages Silver Spring's Direct-to-Grid communications to securely connect to a utility's Silver Spring smart grid network.
Silver Spring utility clients can also deploy Silver Spring's UtilityIQ Demand Response Manager, a robust demand response management system that includes smart EV charging.
The application enables utilities to offer their customers EV charging options, schedule charging for off-peak times to reduce customer bills and control load for grid reliably, and collect EV-specific consumption data for billing.