Canadian developer FLO is working with Witricity on wireless charging systems and with Hubject on plug-based systems.
FLO is testing options for FLO stations to charge vehicles without cables using the WiTricity Halo EV wireless charging system.
It is also working with Hubject to enable Plug & Charge across its new generation product portfolio for all compatible EVs on the road. Plug & Charge allows EV drivers to plug in and begin charging without using an app, RFID card or separate method of payment. Hubject and FLO will work on encryption technology to ensure all transactions are both seamless and secure
Hubject simplifies the charging of electric vehicles, providing the public key infrastructure and the ecosystem required for the secure communication between the vehicle, charger (CPO) and charging service provider (eMSP) that enables Plug & Charge.
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“FLO is dedicated to advancing EV charging innovations that make charging more efficient, easier and safer,” said Nathan Yang, FLO Chief Product Officer. “Working with leading partner companies allows us to develop and deliver the latest technologies to EV drivers with the mission to provide the best charging experience.”
“FLO is committed to support all types of connectors available on vehicles in North America, including NACS and potentially wireless on future vehicles,” said Yang. “This collaboration is an important first step towards this new technology.”
“Plug & Charge is an important feature for EV drivers to charge quickly and securely and for charging station owners looking for NEVI funding,” Yang said. “Hubject will help FLO bring this feature to market on our all-new FLO Ultra fast charger, which enters production early next year.”
The FLO Ultra is an ultra-fast charger that can charge most EVs to 80% in 15 minutes and is built to meet both NEVI and Buy America Act requirements.