Tesla giving access to its patents is opening many doors and following this, the Car Charging Group, Inc. announced its intention to integrate the Tesla Motors’ EV charging technology into Blink EV charging stations.
The Car Charging Group describes itself as the largest owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging services and owner of the Blink Network, one of the largest EV charging networks.
According to the blog on the Tesla Motors’ Web site dated June 12, 2014, Chief Executive Officer, Elon Musk, stated that the company would “not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology”.
Musk noted that the decision to provide access to the patents is “in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology” and that “Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform”.
Tesla Motors’ Model S currently includes an adaptor for the J1772 connector, the standard for public EV charging stations and compatible with EVs sold in North America. CarCharging anticipates incorporating the technology of Tesla Motors’ charging port into Blink charging stations as well as the Society of Automobile Engineers’ (SAE) new J1772 DC Fast Charging combo coupler.
By integrating these charging ports and connectors with its current J1772 and CHAdeMO connectors, CarCharging said it will expand the charging options currently available for EV drivers, including CarCharging’s network of 119 DC Fast Chargers.
CarCharging added it is further expanding its network of DC Fast Chargers by actively working with Nissan to deploy quick chargers in key markets throughout the United States. CarCharging has also partnered with Gridscape Solutions, a software and service company that specializes in designing and developing smart energy solutions, to integrate Nissan’s DC Fast Chargers with the Blink Network, the software that operates, monitors, and tracks the Blink EV charging stations and all of its charging data.
“Like Tesla Motors, CarCharging believes that the market potential for electric vehicles is vast and we are dedicated to doing all that we can to assist in its acceleration,” said CarCharging Founder and CEO, Michael D. Farkas. “By sharing its technologies, Tesla Motors provides CarCharging with the ability to leverage all of the locations in its portfolio and offer a solution that is compatible for all EV drivers, which is a win-win for the drivers and the industry.”
CarCharging added it shares Tesla Motors’ commitment to the development of the EV market and is also actively working with other major EV charging networks on various interoperability initiatives.