Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK, BLNKW) is a leader in nationwide public electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services. Blink designs, owns, operates and sells EV charging equipment under the Blink brand and offers connectivity to Blink International, a cloud-based platform that operates, manages and tracks Blink EV charging stations and all associated data.
Blink’s development of EV charging infrastructure makes it a driving force in the industry; paving the way for the growth and adoption of electric vehicles.
In Europe, Blink operates as Blink Charging Europe, a Joint Venture between the EUNICE ENERGY GROUP (EEG), and the BLINK CHARGING Co. where the subsidiary, Blink Charging Hellas, is focused on promoting the urban charging model while supporting the development of Greece`s EV charging network.
In collaboration with the EEG Group, the first Blink charging station was installed at the emblematic Rio – Antirio Bridge.
Blink is dedicated to slowing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by transportation while supports this mission through the build-out of EV charging infrastructure across the US and around the world.
Blink undertakes the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of charging equipment, full billing of the charging services, and after-sales support. Moreover, it has the technology to remotely update and upgrade the chargers and address possible malfunctions.
In Europe, a requirement for the development of eMobility is the existence of a large urban road network. Blink Charging Hellas focuses on an urban charging model by building a privately-owned EV charger network with the goal to have at least 50 charging stations in every major urban area of Greece.
Blink`s expanding network already provides charging stations located 40-50 kilometers from each other, allowing EV drivers to charge their vehicles from town to town; covering their driving needs for urban and interurban travel.
In Europe, a charging network with stations located no more than 150 km from each other is the starting point for the growth of eMobility.
The Hubject network provides cross-border access services (e-roaming) between the leading eMobility networks, giving not only Greek but all European electric vehicle drivers the possibility to travel freely throughout Europe – particularly during this period, where, due to travel restrictions caused by “COVID -19,” road travel has become the more popular mode of travel – and to charge their vehicle easily and directly, without the need for additional subscriptions, registrations on other platforms and financial charges.
As a member of Hubject, Blink Europe ensures easy and cross-border access to our chargers for all EV drivers.
Blink`s Greek chargers are fully compliant with the requirements for communication protocols as well as Hubject specifications. The chargers can be installed in any private or public body while at the same time connected from any location to Hubject’s international platform.
Through its platform, the Hubject network allows for e-roaming and interoperability, i.e. the communication and cooperation of charging infrastructure in all European countries and, at the same time, acts as a “clearing house” of roaming.
This means that a user who is contracted with a charging service provider with Hubject membership, such as Blink, can charge with any compatible charger across Europe at a cost for both using the service and energy used (according to the terms of the contract they have entered into in their home country). The incurred cost is billed at the platform level and not through an interbank transaction which carries a significant fee that is often a large percentage of the total cost of charging. The clearing of the charge, including roaming expenses, is performed by Hubject at the central level.
As part of its international partnership, Hubject is connected to more than 200,000 charging points in Europe and the United States, and has more than 600 partners. Some of Hubject`s members are as follows: BMW Group, Blink, Bosch, Chargepoint, Daimler, Electrify America, E-ON, Renault, Siemens, Telekom, Volkswagen Group, etc.