OpConnect launches smartphone payments for EV charging
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
OpConnect this week rolled out smartphone access and payment technology for its charging stations.
Electric vehicle charging station company OpConnect LLC announced Tuesday the launch of its smartphone payment technology.
Portland-based OpConnect will offer electric vehicle drivers the option of using an iPhone app or smartphone scanners to both access free electric vehicle charging systems in its system and use the same technology to pay for charging at stations that require payment.
OpConnect has steadily been adding payment technologies to its network system. In May, OpConnect teamed with Wright Express to allow holders of the Wright Express Fleet card to access charging stations.
"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," said Dexter Turner, OpConnect CEO, in a press release.
There are about 25 installed OpConnect chargers in four states that use the company's network technology. Recent installations include two installed at the Bridgeport Village shopping center in Tigard earlier this month and one at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland in May. OpConnect also has a charger on Portland State University's Electric Avenue and at two Enterprise Rent-A-Car offices in California.
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