Brendan Jones, President
The electric vehicle industry is currently undergoing a technological trans-formation with two-fold objectives: improving vehicle range and, at the same time, enhancing charging infrastructure. For quite some time now, EV manufacturers have been helping alleviate range anxiety for EV drivers. However, larger batteries and longer range alone are not enough to get the job done! The availability and convenience of charging are also key factors to ensure a good driving experience for EV owners. Adequate and accessible EV charging infr-astructure is a necessary pre-condition for the mass adoption of EVs.
However, building a network of chargers is easier said than done. It takes a mix of private-public partnerships that involve local municipalities, businesses, utility companies, automakers, and an emerging group of EV charging firms to achieve the goal!
Miami Beach, FL-based automotive firm Blink Charging [NASDAQ: BLNK, BLNKW] is one such organization that is paving the way for increased adoption of EVs through the deployment of EV charging stations globally. Blink partners with smart businesses and property owners to be at the forefront of the green energy revolution by installing EV charging stations that attract EV drivers and support sustainability, making locations such as parking facilities, multifamily residences, workplaces, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, and airports EV-friendly. Founded in 2009, Blink is recognized nationwide as a leading manufacturer, owner, operator, and provider of public EV charging equipment and software. The company offers tailored EV charging solutions and a full range of deployment configurations, including single and multiple port pedestals, individual and paired wall-mount chargers, DC fast, and even single-family residential charging stations. Brendan Jones, President, Blink, says,
“We make EV charging accessible for everyone by partnering with site hosts to operate networked chargers. We also provide warranty and service on these chargers.” Blink offers fast, flexible, and reliable Level 2 EV charging solutions and DC fast charging solutions that are ready to install with flexible configurations and business models.
In fact, Blink’s flexible business models for host locations are one of the company’s core differentiating aspects. Blink provides four unique business models: Hybrid Owned, Blink owned, Host owned, and Blink as a Service, designed for every business, allowing any location to be turned into an EV charging destination. While the Host Owned option is for clients that want to be the sole owner and operator of their EV charging stations, via the Hybrid Owned program, Blink gets into an agreement with site hosts and covers their cost of equipment, operations, and administration.
The firm takes things a notch higher by providing a proprietary software, The Blink Network, which connects Blink chargers to the cloud. “The robust network provides our host locations with remote access and management of their electric vehicle charging stations. The platform is easy to use and offers essential information about the station, including usage stats, real-time status, location, and charging rates,” explains Jones. The Blink Network provides the ability to create custom reports on charging session data and set access levels for other account users.
With global EV purchases forecasted to rise to ten million vehicles by 2025, Blink has established key strategic partnerships for deploying charging stations across numerous locations. One of its recent partnerships includes an exclusive agreement with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), a healthcare network based in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The collaboration will allow Blink to deploy nearly 400 EV chargers across LVHN’s hundreds of health care facilities. Under the agreement, Blink will own and operate the charging stations.
Since its inception in 2009, Blink has deployed over 23,000 charging stations. As part of its roadmap for the future, the company is looking to increase sales by expanding its product portfolio of residential and commercial infrastructure. The company is also aggressively expanding its footprint globally. To that end, Blink has already announced several deals over the last year with Greece. “Our next step is to further expand in Europe and the Caribbean, Central and South America. We also want to go beyond being a charging infrastructure provider and pay more attention to the natural synergies that exists in the space with other mobility services such as car sharing, ride hailing, and more,” states Jones.
Blink’s mission is to slow down climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by transportation. In that quest, the firm will continue to adapt to the changing landscape of EV infrastructure.