OpConnect to sell EV chargers to the Navy

The Navy agreed to purchase OpConnect chargers.

The Navy agreed to purchase OpConnect chargers.

OpConnect LLC announced Tuesday a $60,000 deal with the Department of the Navy for the purchase of OpConnect's electric vehicle charging stations.

The units, which feature a touch screen and can charge four vehicles simultaneously, will be installed at Navy facilities in Washington, D.C., Maryland and San Diego. They will be used by Navy personnel as part of a pilot program for electric vehicles in Navy facilities.

The charging stations were sold through Edmonds, Wash.-based Go EV LLC, OpConnect's exclusive North American distributor.

Portland-based OpConnect has a military heritage.

"As veteran-owned businesses, we take pleasure in supplying our product and services to our military. Naval stations have some unique requirements for durability and network security and I am glad that our charging stations met them," said Dexter Turner, OpConnect's president, in a press release.

The company shifted gears to electric vehicles after a period of making avionics equipment.

The Clean Energy Trends 2012 report, released Tuesday, identified military leadership in cleantech advances as one of its trends to watch for the year.

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