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