Rotterdam, Netherlands October 9, 2012 ChargePoint today announced that leading European charging station manufacturer, Alfen, will showcase its ChargePoint-enabled charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) at the Ecomobiel Show in Rotterdam, October 9 - 10, 2012 (booth G043). Now available throughout Europe, the combined solution delivers significant advantages to EV drivers and charging station owners including billing, real-time station availability as well as control and flexibility for successful, widespread EV charging operations. The partnership with Alfen, who has more than 2800 charging stations installed throughout Europe, allows them to offer customers the option of becoming a part of the largest global EV network in the world.
“The cooperation with ChargePoint began more than a year ago which results in the integration of ChargePoint’s network services and Alfen Charging Stations for the European market,” said Jerry van Zundert, CCO of Alfen. “ChargePoint gives us the possibility to extend our services and give our customers more functionality. We are very happy to join their team.”
New Support for OCPP Ensures Easy Integration
ChargePoint also announced it now offers support for Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) 1.5, a globally used protocol for communication between charging stations and networked services. Support of the OCPP standard ensures all OCPP-enabled charging stations can easily integrate with ChargePoint’s network services.
“Alfen is ChargePoint’s first European OnRamp partner,” said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint. “ChargePoint’s OnRamp program enables charging station manufacturers to easily connect their equipment with the ChargePoint network. The combination of Alfen’s hardware and ChargePoint has produced a best-of-breed solution that will serve Alfen’s growing European customer base.”
All Alfen networked Charging Stations (the new ICU Eve, ICU Twin, ICU Tube and ICU Tulip) for both public and private applications are equipped to connect to ChargePoint network services. Existing charging stations can be connected to ChargePoint network services as well.
ChargePoint connected Alfen stations will be included on all ChargePoint mobile phone applications for iPhone and Android. These ChargePoint mobile apps provide an easy way to locate stations near any specified address, get turn-by-turn directions, and even start and stop a charging session directly from a smart phone. Additionally, these apps allow drivers to utilize ChargePoint Network's station reservation features (station owner permitting). Drivers can locate reservable stations and make, view and cancel a reservation time slot directly from their smart phone.
For 75 years, Alfen BV has been a trusted and recognized manufacturer and supplier of high, middle and low voltage grid equipment. Alfen has developed into an international, independent and innovative powerhouse as a turn-key supplier of substations including transformers, MV systems, MV-switchgears with a complete portfolio of design, production, installation, monitoring and maintenance activities.
Alfen has become one of the most important producers of electric charging stations in the Netherlands with more than 1800 charging locations. Alfen has designed a complete line of charging stations (branded ICU) to respond to the varied needs of end-customers ranging from municipalities and government organizations to energy suppliers and distribution companies, for public and private installations, and to meet the varying electrical regulations around Europe. For more information on Alfen please visit www.icu-charging-stations.com
ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently owned charging stations operating in more than 14 countries. ChargePoint provides everything a station owner needs to deliver turnkey charging services in their parking lots. For drivers, ChargePoint provides state of the art features including the ability to locate reserve and navigate to unoccupied charging stations with online tools and mobile applications. ChargePoint locations may be found online and are included on the ChargePoint mobile applications for iPhone and Android. The ChargePoint Network is open to all charging station manufacturers. Stations on ChargePoint are currently dispensing over 690 Megawatt hours of energy each month, with drivers plugging in for more than 4000 charging sessions per day.