New company to encourage interoperability among charging networks
ChargePoint and ECOtality have announced the formation of Collaboratev which aims to enable seamless interoperability among the growing patchwork of charging networks.
ChargePoint, Inc. and ECOtality, Inc. (Nasdaq: ECTY) have announced the formation of a new company, Collaboratev, which aims to enable seamless interoperability among the growing patchwork of charging networks. Collaboratev will actively encourage other charging network providers to join as affiliates, which will allow them to exchange session data and perform billing reconciliation.
The idea is to provide EV drivers with easy access to participating charging stations using common authentication credentials. Users have a comprehensive picture of all charging station locations, and will receive one bill for all charging usage.
“Interoperability for EV drivers is another milestone in the widespread adoption of electric vehicles,” said Pat Romano, President and CEO of ChargePoint. “Collaboratev will give EV drivers access to all stations, locations, availability and mapping features in the public domain.”
“This is a clear sign of market maturation by establishing a seamless process for EV drivers to charge across networks,” said Ravi Brar, CEO of ECOtality. “We are fostering an open ecosystem, and invite others to join us in making it easy for EV drivers nationwide to get the charge they need whenever and wherever they are.”
“The creation of a vendor-agnostic payment processing and authentication system for EV charging would alleviate consumer concern of being tied to one charging network and would therefore make electric vehicles more attractive to mainstream vehicle buyers,” said John Gartner of Pike Research.