In Episode 99 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on June 15, 2013, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Bill Acevedo, chair of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes Jason Wolf, CEO of Collaboratev, which provides seamless interoperability and clearing among multiple electric vehicle charging networks. The Collaboratev service will allow EV drivers to charge anywhere and receive a single bill.
There are now 100,000 plug-in vehicles in the US. Although that number is small compared to regular cars sold, it’s an important milestone. Not surprisingly, early adopters are looking for more charging options, according to Wolf.
Collaboratev is working towards building a seamless transactional experience for EV users by which they will be able to recharge their vehicles at any station regardless of where they are or what charging network they belong to. The company allows EV drivers to use a single authentication credential, which generates one monthly bill, thereby opening up any charging station for use by EV drivers.
Like the corner gas station using pumps that accept credit cards, Collaboratev envisions corner charging stations that accept its payment system. Benefits include removing the need for multiple memberships, alleviating range anxiety, and allowing long-distance travel among multiple EV charging networks.
Although talks are in their initial stages, it is envisioned that each charging station, which will be owned and operated by independent charging network operators, will have different characteristics – coffee bars, retailer shops, media and even gasoline, all of which are intended to enhance the EV user’s experience while recharging his or her vehicle.
Will more charging stations and a seamless payment system inspire you to purchase an electric vehicle?
Listen to the interview with Jason Wolf: Episode 99 of The Wendel Forum (27:42 mins; mp3)
Collaboratev website: http://www.collaboratev.com/about.php
960 KNEW AM Radio website: http://www.960KNEW.com
Bill Acevedo’s online profile: http://www.wendel.com/wacevedo