Gas pump developer teams for EV charger rollout

Gas pump developer teams for EV charger rollout

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By Nick Flaherty

Gilbarco Veeder-Root has formed a strategic alliance with SK Signet to co-develop an EV charging system designed for fuel retailers.

The Konect service aims to provide a turnkey electric vehicle EV charger infrastructure specifically designed for fuel retailers with a suite of power electronics and software to deliver  EV charging

Konect can be fully integrated with Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s existing full-site fueling payment and service solutions and is live in the USA and Europe with a 400kW DC fast charger and liquid cooled 600kW power unit from SK Signet with further markets to follow.

The new system utilizes a common dispenser design unique to Konect, deployable across distributed and all-in-one charging applications. Konect also provides consultancy, installation, maintenance and customer service and was developed for seamless integration capability with Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s existing fueling, payment and service offerings.

SK Signet, based in Seoul, South Korea, will manufacture the EV charging equipment for Konect in the US and Korea.

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A high-brightness LCD touchscreen features an intuitive user interface, adaptable depending on customer needs, complemented by an OTA-updatable FlexPay 6 ‘Invenco by GVR’ card reader for payment. The adaptable 17-foot charging cable provides freedom and flexibility in use, while an optional safety switch allows users to immediately stop charging if required.

The intelligent charging infrastructure is an integral part of a broader, fully integrated ecosystem. Based on a central cloud-based platform, the network connects multiple on-site services – from the point-of-sale payment and loyalty systems, to localized energy management and off-grid charging solutions. The ecosystem can also be adapted for fleet operators’ requirements – enabling businesses in both sectors to maximize operational efficiency and profitability.

“At Gilbarco Veeder-Root, we are forging a future where charging for EVs isn’t just a necessity, but a profitable venture globally – and we are seeing exciting growth in this area for our business and clients. With the launch of Konect, we are signaling our commitment to helping customers transcend current limitations in the EV charging market and accelerate value realization for their business,” said Dave Coombe, President, Gilbarco Veeder-Root.

Om Shankar, Vice President & General Manager, Konect, said: “EV adoption is at a critical point, with people and businesses needing confidence to make the switch. Widely accessible charging infrastructure is the key to further uptake, and we aspire to remove hurdles and build an incredible business case for fuel retailers to play a major part in the EV transition.

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“Gilbarco Veeder-Root already offers some of the best software and payment capability in the world, and we’re working with a leading EV charger developer, SK Signet, to provide the most powerful recharging ecosystem our industry has ever seen. Konect is fully integrate-able with our existing full-site solutions, and is poised to help supercharge the transition to electric mobility.”

“The gap in readily available and accessible EV charging infrastructure is a major barrier to the broad adoption of electric vehicles. By integrating SK Signet’s fast chargers into the Konect platform, we will meet the needs of current and future EV drivers by providing more convenient, seamless and reliable charging solutions,” said Jung-ho Shin, Chief Executive Officer, SK Signet.


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