Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation and GridPoint, Inc., an established leader in smart energy solutions, announced an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) software licensing collaboration to deliver networking monitoring and intelligent charging applications for Eaton's electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) offering. Eaton is developing a complete line of charging stations across residential, commercial and industrial applications in North America.
"Eaton's collaboration with GridPoint will enable us to expand our efforts to build the electric vehicle charging infrastructure for customers throughout North America," says Tom Schafer, vice president and general manager, Eaton Corporation's Electrical Sector. "GridPoint's proven EV management technology will simplify charging by collecting, analyzing and presenting information that will support this exciting new technology."
Leading utilities and fleet owners throughout North America have been deploying GridPoint's electric vehicle management software since 2007 to monitor and manage their electric vehicle fleets, gaining valuable insight into charging impact, effectiveness, and costs. GridPoint's technology enables not only intelligent control and management of charging hardware, but also the rich data capture and integration capabilities critical in a rapidly evolving market. It supports multiple revenue models and offers charging control capabilities for participation in demand response and other utility programs.
"Eaton is well positioned to provide superior products to multiple markets, and we are delighted to work together to incorporate intelligence at the point of charge. This is critical to linking vehicles into the utility grid and will offer multiple benefits to EV and charging station owners, including lower fuel costs and higher ROI," says Patrick Mayworm, senior vice president, GridPoint.
Eaton has been developing electrical and hybrid power systems for trucks and buses for more than 20 years. Eaton offers hybrid-electric, as well as two hybrid hydraulic power system technologies, and the charging infrastructure for commercial and residential applications.
Eaton is currently working to advance the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in California, Washington, Oregon, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Ontario, and many other communities across North America.