ROEV Association aims to enable seamless access to public charging

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A charge is becoming easier to find – there are now around 19,000 public, networked EV charging ports in the US – however, to use all the available chargers, EV owners may need to have accounts with several networks, which means carrying multiple access cards and using different mobile apps to find stations. There’s a pressing need for a system that lets drivers use chargers from any network, just as they can withdraw cash from any ATM.

Such a world of carefree electric-powered roaming is the goal of the ROEV Association, a collaboration of industry players formed to facilitate public charging network interoperability. Members include BMW, Nissan, Audi and Honda, as well as the three largest US charging networks, CarCharging/Blink (OTCQB: CCGI), ChargePoint, and NRG EVgo, which collectively operate 91% of the country’s public chargers.

“Driving an EV will be easier thanks to ROEV. The EV driver’s ability to find, and charge at, any member public station, using an EV charging network account of their choice, is paramount to a simple driving and charging experience,” said Simon Lonsdale, Chair of the Board of ROEV. “The ROEV Association is working to streamline EV charging access across multiple charging networks in order to help bring EVs further into the mainstream.”

 

Source: ROEV Association

  • Gaskilla

    I’m glad someone is taking the initiative with this matter. But I think the easiest solution (from a customer standpoint) is to have ATM/credit card “pay at the pump” solution for charging stations. Although I will concede margins will be very low cosidering the low cost of electricity and the transaction fees charged by banks. A solution is needed but I don’t think any company stands a chance at profitability solely from charging for EV “fill ups”.

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    • Electric Bill

      Sorry, but I have two issues with that suggestion. Firstly, credit/ATM cards have been hackable until the “newer” (in THIS country) cards came out recently; until the new chipped cards prove their hack resistance I will not be interested.

      Realize that these newer, more secure cards have been used for years abroad but not adopted here until forced to do so. The credit card companies are not to be trusted.

      The second issue concerns credit and ATM cards at their basics– they originated as a way for banks to drain us of cash, and have a history of nasty behavior. The people who developed the little tabs we use to charge our vehicles have so far shown no such tendencies and we’re initially inspired simply to provide us with a way to get from A to B easily without gasoline; when they first established their charge networks they obviously were familiar with credit cards and all of these EV charging networks rejected them– and I assume because they realized it was in our best interest. Blending the two systems seems like an ominous step that, once taken, would be nearly impossible to undo.