One of the interesting and challenging things about many types of clean technology is that they are more efficient and save money in the long term but cost more upfront. We’ve seen this with solar panels, LEDs, electric cars, and electric buses. An important component of the electric car market — charging stations — also cost a decent chunk of change. In order to help businesses, organizations, institutions, and government entities that don’t want to drop a bunch of money on a charging station, EV Connect has launched what the first “charging-as-a-service system” (EV CaaS).
EV Connect partnered with GE and SparkFund to launch EV CaaS. GE’s WattStation and DuraStation full product lines are available for customers for a charge of $99/month per port. This also includes EV Connect’s base management software and service, but does not include installation.
“This new turn-key financing solution will further the effort to provide cost-effective solutions to enable EV charging networks to grow. The industry is increasingly looking for a simplified, cost-effective and efficient approach to building an EV charging infrastructure which includes ongoing service for this equipment,” said Seth Cutler, Senior Product Manager, Growth Initiatives for GE’s Industrial Solutions business.
“EV Connect is the first EV solution provider to offer a turn-key solution from procurement to installation to EV payment management and maintenance as an operating expense without up-front capital investment,” Green Car Congress writes.
“In addition to handling the procurement, installation and permitting, EV Connect will manage all aspects of the charging station ecosystem and service, including driver support, station management and usage.”