Volkswagen’s diesel-gate redemption subsidiary Electrify America has entered into a roaming partnership with ChargePoint. Together they will offer seamless access to many of their public charge points in the US.
The interoperability agreement will apply to more than 30,000 public AC and DC level 2 stations of Electrify America and ChargePoint in the USA starting at the end of the year. In future customers will be able to recharge their electric cars on either network using their existing accounts at the usual prices.
According to the companies, they are confident to accelerate the introduction of electric cars with the combined charging network. “With the two largest EV charging service providers in the U.S. reaching this agreement, we can help expedite electric vehicle adoption by creating a seamless and reliable charging experience for consumers,” says Electrify-America CEO Giovanni Palazzo in a statement.
The current cooperation could be followed by others, as Electrify America and ChargePoint suggest: Roaming agreements are the key to easier nationwide access to charging stations, both companies agreed.
By the end of the year, Electrify America plans to have installed around 2,000 fast chargers in the USA. A few days ago, the company announced that 120 Walmart branches now have express chargers in operation. The project was announced last April.
The Walmart stations are part of the US-wide plan to set up charging infrastructure. Recently, the company provided details of the second phase of the plan, which requires the next charge of the $300 million of investment over 30 months and will begin in July.
Electrify America has been set up in the wake of the emission scandal and requires the Volkswagen subsidiary to spend a total of two billion dollars over ten years on infrastructure and electric vehicle promotion in the USA.