Small Santa Barbara Tech Company Gets Big Electric Charging Contract

Liberty Access Technologies Beats Out National Competitors

A small but scrappy Santa Barbara tech company recently beat out a field of Goliath-sized competitors on a pilot project to charge electric school buses. PG&E awarded Liberty Access Technologies a contract to install its firmware in eight new bus chargers in Contra Costa County as part of the utility’s FleetReady program, which funds renewable energy infrastructure for customers with heavy-duty vehicles.

Founded in 2009, Liberty Access Technologies is headed by serial entrepreneur Chris Outwater. Originally a 3-D imaging engineer for Disney, Outwater created DNA security and imagery treasury companies before deciding to jump into the green tech industry. He recognized the need for a system to control grid management, billing, and all the other practical aspects of electric vehicle charging, and, alongside CTO Michael Keane and head engineer Ethan Zakai (both also Santa Barbara residents), developed an AC fast-charging product perfect for buses and trucks that plug in overnight. 

Liberty’s internet-based system ― called HYDRA ― puts less strain on the grid and is less expensive than a typical DC system. It can be accessed from any computer or smartphone and can figure out the best time of day or night to start charging, even pushing electricity back into the grid during peak use periods or during power outages. That latter feature is especially attractive to energy providers who like to avoid having to fire up their gas-powered peaker plants when the grid gets strained.

Liberty’s firmware is also a major piece of the puzzle to reduce greenhouse emissions from big vehicles. “We need to get these diesel buses off the road as soon as we can,” said Outwater, “and we need to get kids away from the diesel particles they’re breathing in.” Replacing all of America’s gas buses with electric buses could reduce emissions by as much as 5.3 million tons a year, according to the US Public Interest Research Group. Each electric bus could also save districts nearly $2,000 a year in fuel and $4,400 a year in reduced maintenance costs.

Original Source: https://www.independent.com/ by Tyler Hayden

Liberty Access Technologies Unveils HID Access to EV Charging Systems

The new model includes a built-in HID credential reading technology that gives customers the convenience and security to use HID Global’s proximity access card systems.

Liberty Access Technologies, a division of Liberty PlugIns Inc., is excited to announce that the company’s Hydra ™ R EV chargers now accept HID Global’s proximity access card and fob systems. HID Global is a world leader in the access control systems, and this new integration will open up opportunities for fast authentication and access to HID users when they charge their electric vehicles.

Chris Outwater, the CEO of Liberty Access explained, “Competing EV charging systems with secure access control cannot use existing HID cards, but require the user to obtain and use a proprietary RFID key fob or card. We’ve solved that problem.”

With millions using HID products, this ultimately adds convenience and security to Liberty’s existing and highly popular card reader system. Employees and tenants can just use their existing building access proximity cards and fobs to access EV charging on the Liberty Hydra ™ system.

The HID authentication is easy to activate – customers simply need to key in the location of the charger on the keypad next to the HID reader, and then present their HID card in order to authenticate the user’s account and enable charging.

Under the direction of a large Los Angeles municipal agency, Liberty has recently supplied 3 HID/keypads to the EV charging system that manages 24 Level 2 chargers at UCLA Harbor Medical Center.

The new HID access system has also been installed at a condominium project in Atlanta. This was done in partnership with Envirospark Energy, based in Atlanta.

Aaron Luque, Envirospark’s President added, “The Liberty Hydra platform is uniquely positioned as a perfect =t for our clients who want their employees or tenants to be able to use the same access card or fob to access EV charging stations as for the parking garage, building, elevators, etc. It has been a huge hit among our clients who have deployed the system, to say the least!”

The Hydra™ R is essentially a “smart gateway” allowing for centralized management and access control of multiple chargers. It is ideally suited for workplace, fleet, retail and multifamily commercial properties. Hydra differs significantly from conventional “gas pump” EV chargers due to its ability to provide valuable real-time data and feedback to owners with regard to usage and costs across multiple charging stations. The Hydra system allows you to be “greener” in that it is tied into the local electrical grid and can tell you when the best times to charge are to save money and reduce carbon emissions. The system is comprised of the Hydra Control Module which centralizes access control, data recording, and communications, as well as a keypad that is used to initiate charging that can be activated via a code, sent to a mobile phone that expires after a certain period of time.

The industry-leading Hydra™ R can directly control power supplied to each charger and can work with virtually all brands, giving owners a choice in EVSE hardware. Using the Hydra™ R is simple. Drivers merely connect their EV, enter the charger number and charge authorization code in the keypad and begin their charging session. Hydra™ R pairs the driver’s code with usage data and sends it to Liberty’s servers every 15 minutes. The records can be viewed by owners to prepare for billing and optimize usage to minimize costs and reduce carbon emissions by promoting charging during periods of lower electrical demand.

About Liberty Access Technologies:
Liberty Access Technologies (LAT) specializes in access control systems for electric vehicle charging in the parking industry, fleet EV and multi-tenant dwellings. LAT’s patented Synchronous Code Generation technology
enables secure charging without expensive networks, and the Hydra Multi EVSE Control system enables cost-effective large scale EV charging solutions for workplace and multi-tenant. Our mission is to use our patented technology to enable our customers to control access and costs and reduce electricity consumption via our “grid-aware” technology. For more information, please visit: http://www.libertyaccesstechnologies.com.

Liberty Access Technologies’ HYDRA Custom Installed at Carillon, Now Equipped for Teslas and Standard EV Chargers

 — Liberty Access Technologies is pleased to announce that its Hydra™ R EV charger is now equipped to work with both Standard and Tesla EV chargers. The company has installed a charging system at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, the world famous resort and spa located on the water in Miami Beach.

Hydra™ R is essentially a “splitter” allowing for centralized management and access control of multiple chargers. It is ideally suited for workplace, fleet, retail and multifamily commercial properties. Hydra differs significantly from conventional EV chargers due it’s ability to provide valuable real time data and feedback to owners with regard to usage and costs across multiple charging stations. The Hydra system allows you to be “greener” in that it is tied into the local electrical grid and can tell you when the best times to charge are to save money and reduce carbon emissions. The system is comprised of the Hydra Control Module which centralizes access control, data recording and communications as well as a keypad that is used to initiate charging that can be activated via code sent to a mobile phone that expires after a certain period of time.

The industry leading Hydra™ R can directly control power supplied to each charger, and can work with virtually all brands, giving owners a choice in EVSE hardware. Using the Hydra™ R is simple. Drivers merely connect their EV, enter the charger number and charge authorization code in the keypad and begin their charging session. Hydra™ R pairs the driver’s code with usage data, and sends it to Liberty’s servers every 15 minutes. The records can be viewed by owners to prepare billing and optimize usage to minimize costs and reduce carbon emissions by promoting charging during periods of lower electrical demand.

Hydra™ R is truly multi-functional and supports a variety of access control and billing methods, including credit card, fleet fueling cards and HID access badges. The EV charger uses “Revenue Grade” (.01 kWh accuracy) meters to send usage data to Hydra R main board for storage.

The Hydra™ R charger can be seen in action at its recent customized installation by Carillon resort and spa. The installation operates with five Level 2 (208v) chargers. Three of these have been provided by Tesla for charging its popular Model S, X and the coming Model 3s. The system has been installed by Len Shapiro, owner of America’s Best Air Conditioning, Heating and Electrical, and has 2 Clipper Creek chargers that can also charge all other types of EVs and PlugIn Hybrids, using the standard connector.

“The Carillon has a long history of offering the latest and best amenities to its customers and guests,” said Len Shapiro. “This is their way of helping their tenants and guests add to the green economy.” Len added, “It was a pleasure to work with the Carillon team in order to get this leading edge EV charging system installed and ready to use.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Liberty to provide our latest control equipment that can manage both standard EV chargers and also the Tesla chargers within the same system,” added Chris Outwater, President of Liberty PlugIns. “Our Hydra product allows the site owner to mix various types and speeds of charging and also manage the overall electrical load.”

Liberty Access Technologies (LAT) specializes in access control systems for electric vehicle charging in the parking industry, fleet EV and multi-tenant dwellings. LAT’s patented Synchronous Code Generation technology enables secure charging without expensive networks, and the Hydra Multi EVSE Control system enables cost effective large scale EV charging solutions for workplace and multi-tenant. Our mission is to use our patented technology to enable our customers to control access and costs and reduce electricity consumption via our “grid-aware” technology. For more information, please visit: http://www.libertyaccesstechnologies.com.

Contact Info:
Name: Chris Outwater, CEO
Email: chris@libertyplugins.com
Organization: Liberty Access Technologies
Phone: 866-791-9560