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Cord Management added to OpConnect EV Charging Stations

 

This week at OpConnect, we are announcing that we’ve added the optional Cord Management System to our product line. 

Our Cord Management System (CMS) is designed as an integral part of the charging station, reducing the costs of installing a separate system and resulting in an ascetically pleasing charging station. 

The OpConnect CMS will return the charging cord to the charging station body after use, and provides clearly visible and easy-to-use “docking” ports for the industry-standard J1772 charge couplers in the front of the unit.

The OpConnect design uses a counterweight system (similar to the tried-and-true designs used for years on fossil fuel pumps) that minimizes the complexity and potential for maintenance issues.

The City of Portland is the first customer to install OpConnect Mark IIC units with the cord management.

OpConnect’s CMS option can also be retrofitted to currently installed OpConnect Mark II units.

You can download print quality pictures via Flickr at:

OpConnect with Cord Management (Full Length with Quarter Turn): http://bit.ly/1pe0Ns0

Close up of OpConnect with Cord Management: http://bit.ly/1lQFM7R

OpConnect with Cord Management (Top Half): http://bit.ly/1iFaAUc

OpConnect Adds Cord Management to its EV Charging Stations

OpConnect, LLC, a technology leader in EV charging systems with more than 15,000 charging sessions via its OpConnect EV network, is pleased to add the optional Cord Management System to its product line. 

OpConnect’s Cord Management System (CMS) is designed as an integral part of the charging station, reducing the costs of installing a separate system and resulting in an ascetically pleasing charging station. 

The OpConnect CMS will return the charging cord to the charging station body after use, and provides clearly visible and easy-to-use “docking” ports for the industry-standard J1772 charge couplers in the front of the unit.

The OpConnect design uses a counterweight system (similar to the tried-and-true designs used for years on fossil fuel pumps) that minimizes the complexity and potential for maintenance issues.

The City of Portland is the first customer to install OpConnect Mark IIC units with the CMS.

OpConnect’s CMS option can also be retrofitted to currently installed OpConnect Mark II units.

OpConnect charging stations are located throughout the U.S. and provide charging in a variety of settings ranging from the workplace to retail shopping malls. The OpConnect EV charging station system has been in production since 2010.

The charging stations are tested and certified, according to national safety standards, […]

By |June 18th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

EV Charging At Work

 

Each weekday morning, you will usually see a Nissan LEAF or Chevy Volt (and even sometimes a Tesla) plugged into the OpConnect EV charging station at our company headquarters in SW Portland.

While it has pretty cool to be able to provide a place for EV charging at work since January 2012 (who better, right?), we have decided to formally make the “Workplace Charging Challenge Pledge” with Drive Oregon and the Department of Energy.

Almost 650 charging sessions have been provided by the OpConnect charging station at our headquarters (which is also publically available and free of charge). That is more than 15,000 miles driven on electricity, and about 5.6 metric tons of greenhouse gases that have been avoided.

Those stats are pretty telling. We think one of the stories they tell is that you don’t have to be a Google installing a 100 EV charging stations to make a difference. Every station counts.

We encourage all businesses to join us in making the pledge. While I am always a bit nervous signing paperwork with the feds (I did so once before and ended up serving six years on a nuclear submarine), the pledge only commits your business to looking at the

Workplace charging […]

OpConnect’s New Responsive Website Allows Visitors To Engage More Easily

You may have noticed that we rolled a new responsive website over the weekend. We believe the new site will allow us to share even more information with drivers using our OpConnect stations, as well as those folks who are considering purchasing an OpConnect charging station or one of our other products.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be adding tutorial videos, white papers, FAQs, and more to the new site about why we think our products and services are industry leaders.

In the meantime, you may notice the new menu above the header. This provides quickly the information drivers and others need most and fastest – whether that is finding a station, logging into the member or site owner dashboards, or calling or emailing our support team.

The new website also features a responsive design, which means it is flexible for viewing on any device whether it is a PC, smartphone or tablet. While a lot of OpConnect website features are available via our smartphone app (such as making a reservation at a station), not everyone is going to have that app downloaded (yet) and want answers to their questions quickly.

By having our website coded this way, we believe […]

By |June 9th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Hawaii Bill Proposes to Fine Parking Facilities That Don’t Have EV Charging

A proposed bill is making its way through the Hawaii legislature that would fine owners of parking lots with at least 100 spots that fail to provide at least one parking space exclusively for electric vehicles and equipped with a charging station.

Hawaii SB2651 passed a second reading before the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment earlier this month and is now before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor.

The bill as its written would establish fines of $1,000 for the first violation, $5,000 for the second violation, $10,000 for the third violation, and $20,000 for the fourth violation. The bill is adopted into law would go into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

The bill has been amended to give parking lot owners 120 days after any violation to comply without being cited for another violation.

OpConnect Mark II is Ready For Any Polar Vortex

This pic came to us via our manufacturing manager, who took it earlier this year during the national safety tests for OpConnect’s new Mark II charging station. The stations go through all-sorts of testing extremes, including being totally frozen, to ensure they still keep working in all sorts of weather scenarios