The two US American charging network operators have announced a roaming partnership that would enable inter-network charging, allowing customers free access to “thousands of additional charging locations throughout North America”. The cooperation will take effect in mid-2019.
By allowing customers to use each others charging networks without having to install a separate app, or create an additional account, the charging network operators aim to facilitate a more streamlined electrification in the USA. Chargepoint operates more than 58,000 public and semi-public commercial charging spots, which will be made available to ChargePoint customers, with the partnership being based on Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) protocol. This is also not the first charging grid cooperation that Greenlots has entered recently.
“The electric mobility revolution is upon us and there is no turning back,” said Michael Hughes, chief commercial and revenue officer at ChargePoint, adding: “We invite other networks to join us in similar partnerships as we seek to make EV charging ubiquitous and the transition to EV seamless as we move quickly to lay the foundation for the fueling network of the future.”
Greenlots Senior Vice President, Lin-Zhuang Khoo, said, “This once-fragmented industry is building momentum towards true driver interoperability thanks to the adoption of standards like the Open Charge Point Interface that are beneficial to drivers, automakers, grid operators and charging infrastructure providers.”