NewMotion, Shell’s charging network subsidiary, and ChargePoint have announced a roaming partnership that will enable EV drivers in the UK to access both charging networks without the need to create a new account. ChargePoint users will gain access to NewMotion’s public charging network both in the UK and across Europe. The agreement also includes the InstaVolt rapid DC charging network, of which ChargePoint has been the exclusive technology partner since 2017.
Currently there are more than 25,000 public places to charge in the UK, of which only a small minority are open to roaming agreements. Drivers of EVs need several apps and/or cards to have access to charge points of different operators.
Christopher Burghardt, Managing Director at ChargePoint, said, “With the growing global footprint of more than 100,000 places to charge on our network alone and access to an additional 70,000 places to charge in Europe, we continue to implement solutions that make the transition to electric more seamless for drivers and businesses. [This] is another example of how cross-industry collaboration is essential in paving the way to an all-electric mobility future.”