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SemaConnect Scores Decisive Legal Victory in Charging Station Battle

Federal Judge Dismisses Patent Infringement Lawsuit Brought by ChargePoint

A Federal Court has granted SemaConnect’s motion to dismiss a patent infringement lawsuit filed by ChargePoint.  The suit, filed in December, accused SemaConnect of infringing four of ChargePoint’s patents for technology to connect electric vehicle charging stations to the internet.

In a 70-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis agreed with SemaConnect’s assertion that there was no infringement. Additionally, the court held that the claims brought by ChargePoint were little more than abstract ideas and did not, therefore, qualify for patent protection under the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Alice” opinion (2014), which established standards for software-related patents.

“Connecting the internet to a device to send and receive communications to operate that device in an expected way, without describing a specific process for how the communications provide a technological improvement (other than by virtue of being able to send and receive communications), is an abstract idea that is not eligible for patent protection,” the judge concluded.

SemaConnect is one of many EV solutions companies that uses the internet to communicate with EV charging stations. As such, “This was not only our fight. It was the industry’s fight — and the court’s decision has indeed served justice,” said SemaConnect CEO Mahi Reddy.

Phil Jones, Executive Director for The Alliance for Transportation Electrification, agreed: “We couldn’t be happier for SemaConnect in this landmark case. This is a significant milestone for the EV industry in helping to clear the way for all providers to deliver smart EV solutions. Having successfully prevailed with the motion to dismiss, SemaConnect can continue to innovate and offer the highest quality EV amenities to consumers.”


SemaConnect rolls out EV charging stations in Northern California

Pairs with Travis Credit Union to be one of first EV Charge Network installations

Vacaville, CA: SemaConnect is proud to announce the installation of 10 smart electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the Travis Federal Credit Union Corporate Headquarters in Vacaville, CA. The installation is one of the first of many planned for Northern California under Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) EV Charge Network Program. The recently launched three-year program aims at installing 7,500 electric vehicle (EV) chargers at multi-unit dwellings and workplaces throughout PG&E’s service territory.

Travis Credit Union benefits greatly from the EV Charge Network Program. PG&E paid for the construction of the infrastructure from the transformer to the parking space, which is often 60-80% of the total project cost.

This installation, along with two other EV Charge Network installations, 10 stations at Albertsons Corporate HQ in Pleasanton, CA, and another 10 stations at a location in Milpitas, CA, will help to expand the EV infrastructure network in Northern California. As such, SemaConnect has leveraged its expertise in the EV sector to become the EVSE provider of choice for participants of the EV Charge Network Program. “We believe that this program will greatly expand on Californian EV infrastructure, leading to more electric vehicles on the road and great environmental and economic benefits for all Californians,” said Mahi Reddy, CEO, of SemaConnect.

“This program is a game changer, ” continued Reddy. “Forward-thinking utilities like PG&E are helping to build the infrastructure for electric vehicles. As the adoption rate increases, everyone benefits.”

The charging stations installed at Travis Credit Union are state-of-the-art dual mounted smart EV stations with cable management. This allows for ten vehicles to charge simultaneously at a “Level 2” charge (a rate of approximately 25 driving miles per hour of charge). The stations are offered to Travis Credit Union employees and members. “We look forward to a fruitful partnership with Travis Credit Union, and we expect the PG&E program to drive innovation and EV infrastructure in the years to come,” concluded Reddy.


SemaConnect Selected to Participate in New Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program for Northern and Central California

Station_Dual_CMS_bigSemaConnect, a leading provider of smart electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions since 2010, announced that it has been selected to participate in Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) EV Charge Network program that officially launched on January 17, 2018. PG&E is scheduled to install 7,500 EV chargers at condominiums, apartment buildings and workplaces across Northern and Central California.

As EV adoption continues to develop in California, one of the biggest barriers remains – the lack of available places to charge. PG&E’s EV Charge Network will support the adoption of EVs by increasing access to charging in locations where it has traditionally been limited and where cars often sit for longer periods of time, like workplaces and apartment buildings.

Business partners interested in participating in the program can choose the charging equipment and services from a list of pre-qualified vendors that meet safety and quality standards. SemaConnect EV charging stations were selected as an option for customers participating in the program, representing smart, scalable solutions that are demand response and smart grid ready. In addition, SemaConnect’s leading cloud-based management platform allows businesses to manage all of their charging stations from a single login screen. They can view reports and usage on the program from a macro level or individually at the station level.

“We need more programs like this to expand EV charging infrastructure across the country,” said Mahi Reddy, CEO of SemaConnect. “California utilities are leading the charge to foster widespread adoption of electric vehicles, and in the days to come, their programs will provide a template for other utilities nationwide. California is way ahead of the game and other states should take notice. SemaConnect is proud to be part of the program and we feel that our open standards provide businesses and consumers with the most flexibility when it comes to charging EVs. “

PG&E’s EV Charge Network program will pay for and build the infrastructure from the electric grid to the charger. Additionally, PG&E will offset a portion of the charger cost for all participating customers, based on the site and location. Multifamily and workplace properties that are PG&E customers based in Northern and Central California can learn more about and apply for the program at www.pge.com/evcharge. They can also contact Ryan Zulewski of SemaConnect directly at
(951) 850-0903 or via email to ryan.zulewski@semaconnect.com.

 

 

About SemaConnect:

SemaConnect is the leading provider of electric vehicle amenities to the North American commercial and residential property markets. A complete EV support partner, SemaConnect delivers a truly modern property experience through innovative, elegantly designed charging stations and a robust and open network. The company has helped maximize property value and appeal through thousands of successful Class A deployments since its founding in 2008, for companies such as CBRE, JLL, Hines, Greystar, Cisco Systems and Standard Parking. SemaConnect remains the preferred charging solutions partner to municipal, parking, multifamily, hotel, office and retail customers across the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.semaconnect.com.



Media Contact:
Jesus Ferro 
jesus.ferro@semaconnect.com
301 352 3730 x 225 


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