Greenlots and ChargePoint, two of North America’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, announced a roaming partnership that would enable charging between networks, opening access to thousands of additional charging locations throughout North America at no additional cost.
Beginning in mid-2019, drivers will be able to charge on either ChargePoint or Greenlots networks without the need to create separate accounts or pay additional fees, enabling a more seamless experience as the move to the mass adoption of electric mobility accelerates.
“The EV charging industry is experiencing a period of critical growth and evolution,” said Lin-Zhuang Khoo, Senior Vice President, Greenlots. “This once-fragmented industry is building momentum towards true driver interoperability thanks to adoption of standards like the Open Charge Point Interface that are beneficial to drivers, automakers, grid operators and charging infrastructure providers. What’s particularly encouraging about this positive trend is that it is happening in advance of major policy changes or other external forces—a sign that the EV charging market is maturing in concert with surging customer demand for EVs.
“The most visible benefit from this advancement will be to drivers: members of both networks can roam in their EVs without the burden of managing multiple accounts or worrying about exorbitant surcharges for charging their vehicle, and more drivers will be enticed to go electric thanks to a new, seamless charging experience,” he added.
Michael Hughes, Chief Commercial and Revenue Officer, ChargePoint said, “We are pleased to partner with Greenlots and others in our category to further support the growing EV driver community and help accelerate the mass adoption of electrified transportation on a global scale.”
This agreement benefits drivers and businesses by increasing access to essential charging solutions and creating an ideal experience for EV drivers. The more charging solutions that drivers have access to, the easier it is to drive electric, which helps encourage more drivers to choose EVs. Industry collaboration is a key ingredient in supporting EV drivers and paving the way for the electrification of transportation.
Soon, drivers will be able to use the Greenlots or ChargePoint mobile applications to locate charging stations, activate a charging session, and pay for charging, a familiar experience for users of either network. As an added benefit, property owners who manage or install charging stations may see an increase in station utilisation, opportunities to create new pricing plans and other new options for growing their businesses.
This roaming agreement is based on the Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) protocol. OCPI is an independent, open protocol that enables network operators to exchange key information needed to provide roaming services, which gives EV drivers a number of benefits.