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Open Standards for Electric Vehicle Networks Gains Ground

| February 11, 2014

SKY PlatformGreenlots, a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicle (EV) networks, has introduced the SKY Smart Charging™ platform which addresses the increasing needs of the utility and vehicle-grid integration (VGI) sectors.

The company, which recently received OpenADR2.0b certification through the OpenADR Alliance, is the first EV charging platform provider capable of using the standard to manage and influence charging behavior thru dynamic pricing.

“Utilities can now add EVs as an energy resource to their OpenADR-based demand response programs,” said Barry Haaser, managing director, OpenADR Alliance. The growth of EV adoption is expected to have a significant impact on utilities. As the market matures, utilities will be forced to better manage EV charging in order to prevent overload of the electricity network.

The impact of EV charging on peak load and local distribution networks are among the key challenges that utilities will increasingly face. With SKY Smart Charging™ utilities can manage EV loads through OpenADR, an established industry standard for demand response and streamline implementation costs. In relation to serving customers, SKY Smart Charging will enable utilities to offer price incentives for charging during off-peak hours and the option of participating in a demand response programs.

“With the proliferation of EVs, demand response programs will be a critical aspect of ensuring charging availability without the need for utilities to incur expensive infrastructure upgrades,” said Brett Hauser, President of Greenlots.   About Greenlots Greenlots is a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicle (EV) networks.

Designed to answer the needs of site hosts offering workplace, utility and public charging applications, Greenlots’ SKY platform is a robust network management solution that utilizes Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), the largest open standard for charger-to-network communications.

SKY obsoletes the subscription-based model by providing drivers with flexible payment solutions including dynamic queuing and pay-by-phone. For site hosts running on SKY, that flexibility offers the freedom to mix and match charging stations, while setting station pricing to best suit their needs: by kWh, session or time length.

Greenlots is headquartered in San Francisco and has sold networks in 13 countries. More info at: www.greenlots.com

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