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Wireless Charging Market (Inductive, Magnetic Resonance, Radio Frequency) Worth $7.161 Billion by 2017 – New Reports by MarketsandMarkets

You don’t need a membership to fill your fossil-fuel-powered car at a gas station, so it is kind of odd that you need to belong to a particular club to juice up at some EV charging stations. TheOpen Charge Alliance (OCA) went public today with the message that plug-in vehicle drivers deserve better.

The OCA officially declared itself an entity today in San Diego, CA, but the ideas that drive the group have been worked on for years. Originally called the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) Forum and mostly active in Europe, the OCA builds upon the OCPP technology and message and invites new members to join. The benefit to charging station companies, OCA says, is that there are no costs or licensing fees to join as the OCA builds and promotes an, “open, flexible EV charging networks for the next wave of EV adoption worldwide.” The OCA’s key argument, taken from the press release available below, is that:
The biggest challenge facing the adoption of EVs today is no longer related to “range anxiety,” but rather stems from access limitations to the public charging stations that line our highways, streets and communities. Many of these early stations are accessible only via proprietary, subscription-based networks. Unfortunately, the closed nature of these networks has generated deep frustration for both EV drivers, who expect the same accessibility that they enjoy at the gasoline pump, as well as charge station owners, who as a result of proprietary protocols are locked into a network system that prevents them from making changes as their needs evolve or price points get too high.



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