SmartPlug staff attended the Seattle Auto Show this past week to speak with electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers and Plug-in Conversion companies on display. Much like we have seen in the marine market, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Representatives from each company spoke to the need for a better option for plugging their vehicles in and were excited about the design and features of the SmartPlug. In fact, after seeing the SmartPlug we brought with us to the show, one manufacturer summed it up by saying, “that’s a lot better than what we have.”
SmartPlug Systems will be following up with these contacts in the coming days to see about meaningful partnerships within the EV market. As with marine shore power applications, the SmartPlug provides many benefits to EV users including several easy-of-use and important safety features. One additional consideration for this market would be OEM and consumer cost as many of the plug options under review for standardization are both cumbersome and expensive. SmartPlug staff intends to work closely with those in the EV industry to meet the needs of the end users and provide a superior alternative to what is currently available.