OpConnect® deploys its EV Charging Station Smartphone Payment System

Oct 30, 2012, 08:00 ET from OpConnect, LLC

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- OpConnect, LLC, a visionary leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging station technology, announced today rollout of its smartphone payment technology for OpConnect network EV charging stations.  EV drivers can use the OpConnect iPhone app, or other smartphone scanners to access free stations or to pay for a charging session at stations that require payment.

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Mobile payments are just one of many payment options available to OpConnect network members and non-members. Unlike many competitors' networks that restrict access of charging stations to members, the OpConnect stations can be accessed in a variety of ways including using an email address, a credit card, an OpConnect Network card, the Wright Express Fleet card, and now, a smartphone.

"A complaint we often hear in our industry is that drivers have to carry a RFID device, or a card to access certain stations. OpConnect has always allowed any EV driver access to our stations without the need to pre-register or call a phone number. Now we're making it even easier for drivers to use OpConnect network stations with their smartphones.  Our strength is our software and systems integration capability, including mobile technologies.  This is another example of how we're listening to the market and continually innovating to give EV drivers what they want," said Dexter Turner, OpConnect CEO.

The mobile payment option and other Wireless Valet® features such as OpConnect's social media integration are available on all OpConnect network stations.

About OpConnect: OpConnect, a subsidiary of ISO9001 certified Optimization Technologies, is a technology leader in electric vehicle charging systems. The OpConnect Electric Vehicle Charging System® is an end-to-end EV charging solution including charging stations, a secure wireless communications network, billing and charging station management solutions and mobile phone applications. For more information about OpConnect, please visit www.opconnect.com and view our OpConnect EVSE Partner Network video.