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ECOtality, Silver Spring enter into joint development agreement

ABR Staff Writer Published 09 December 2011

ECOtality, a developer of electric transportation and storage technologies, and Silver Spring Networks, have entered into a joint development agreement to integrate ECOtality's Blink electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with the Silver Spring Smart Energy Platform.

As per the agreement, ECOtality will market and sell the integrated Blink stations worldwide, enabling utilities to offer their customers smart EV charging options.

According to both the companies, the agreement will provide another option, in which the Blink station leverages Silver Spring's Direct-to-Grid communications to connect to a utility's Silver Spring smart grid network.

Silver Spring utility clients can also deploy its UtilityIQ Demand Response Manager, a demand-response management system that includes smart EV charging.

ECOtality CEO Jonathan Read said by partnering with Silver Spring, the company is demonstrating that Blink continues to evolve as the most agile and intelligent charging station solution in the industry.

"We will continue to support strategic connections to the Blink Network, which offers local incentive programs, reservation systems, and remote monitoring of charge status," Read said.

Silver Spring senior director of the demand side management business Matt Smith said the company is proud to be providing solutions that help increase global EV adoption, one of the smart grid-enabled offerings customers are most excited about.

"This integration with ECOtality will enable consumers and utilities to adopt electric vehicles with confidence, by providing the ability to manage energy costs and maintain grid reliability," Smith said.