Blink Charging, a global leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services, has taken a significant step towards revolutionizing the EV charging landscape in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The company proudly unveiled its latest innovation, the EQ 200 charger, designed to shape the future of sustainable energy management.
The EQ 200 is not just your ordinary EV charger; it’s a game-changing, bi-directional, and grid-ready solution that holds the power to transform the way users interact with electric vehicles and the energy grid.
This pioneering charger is part of a new generation of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) chargers that will help pave the way for an efficient and dynamic EV charging infrastructure.
What sets the EQ 200 apart are its remarkable smart features, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and 2G and 4G connectivity.
These technologies enable the charger to communicate seamlessly with a wide range of load-balancing and intelligent energy management systems, allowing it to unlock the full potential of vehicle-to-grid (VTG) and vehicle-to-everything (VTX) capabilities as new energy systems emerge.
One of the most exciting aspects of the EQ 200 is its ability to draw energy stored in an electric vehicle’s battery and use it for various purposes.
It can power other devices in your office or home, charge other EVs, or even feed excess electricity back into the grid.
This unique feature will prove invaluable in helping organizations, homeowners, and grid operators balance energy supply and demand in a sustainable manner.
Designed with practicality in mind, the EQ 200 boasts a compact design that is well-suited for use by workplace and parking operators as well as residential users.
As a Level 2 (L2) AC charger, it offers up to 22kW of charging power output and is ISO15118- and MID-certified, ensuring safety and compatibility in European markets.
Miko de Haan, President of Blink Charging Europe, expressed his enthusiasm for this milestone: “Electric vehicle sales outpaced expectations in the UK last year, accounting for nearly 17% of new registrations.”
“This continued acceleration of EV adoption demands a sophisticated EV charging infrastructure, and we hope to play our part in growing a network of future-capable chargers that supports EV ambitions,” he added.
Alex Calnan, Managing Director of Blink Charging UK, highlighted the significance of this launch: “The introduction of our grid-ready EQ 200 charger to the UK and Irish markets marks a crucial moment for EV charging.”
“Facilities including car parks, depots, and offices now have the option of an advanced solution capable of interacting with smart energy systems,” he added.
Blink Charging UK already boasts a substantial presence in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with over 2000 chargers serving customers in various sectors, including local authorities, NHS healthcare trusts, universities, and fleets.
The company’s ambitious plans include further expansion, with new commercial and home chargers, global network services, innovative apps, and fleet management tools on the horizon.
About Blink Charging
Blink Charging has contracted, sold, or deployed nearly 78,000 charging ports worldwide, many of which are networked EV charging stations, enabling EV drivers to easily charge at any of Blink’s charging locations.
Blink’s principal line of products and services includes the Blink EV charging network, EV charging equipment, EV charging services, and the products and services of recent acquisitions, including SemaConnect, Blue Corner, BlueLA and Envoy.
The Blink Network uses proprietary, cloud-based software that operates, maintains, and tracks the EV charging stations connected to the network and the associated charging data.
With global EV purchases forecasted to comprise half of all passenger cars sold in the US by 2030, the company has established key strategic partnerships to facilitate adoption across various types of locations.
These include parking facilities, multifamily residences, healthcare/medical facilities, schools and universities, airports, hotels, restaurants, stadiums, supermarkets, and other locations.