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OpConnect raises $650000 to expand Hawaii’s EV infrastructure

It’s not all doom and gloom for companies working to build electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Just weeks after it was announced that San Francisco-based Ecotality Inc. (Nasdaq: ECTY), seller of the Blink network of charging stations, was struggling to meet cashflow obligations, Portland-based OpConnect said it has garnered $650,000 in investments it will put toward a continued build out of Hawaii’s EV charging infrastructure.

While this amount pales like a mainland tourist in comparison to the $8.2 million Ecotality raised in mid-June, OpConnect operates the largest network of charging stations in Hawaii, with 83 charge spots in Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. The OpConnect Network has nearly 1,000 EV drivers in Hawaii registered for its OpConnect network, according to the company, which earlier this year acquired the Hawaii operations of Better Place.

OpConnect’s newly designed Mark II Level 2 public charging station features a 15-inch touchscreen display, the largest ever built into an EV charging station. All units include wireless communications and are part of the integrated OpConnect Electric Vehicle Charging System, which includes a web portal and smart phone application to locate available charging stations, manage accounts and track individual or fleet electricity usage. The OpConnect charging stations are “smart grid”-enabled, built to work with utilities for demand response to balance electric grid loads.


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