Electrify America expanding EV charging network
By: +David Herron; Date: October 18, 2018
The multiple EV charging networks with differing membership capabilities have been a big hindrance for public EV charging. EV owners have had to maintain memberships in multiple networks, and have faced the challenge of only charging at stations where they have a membership. This agreement enables "roaming" similar to how we are able to use any ATM machine -- meaning they're implementing a system of agreements with other EV charging operators to form a larger charging network.
Network Interoperability Agreements announced with EV network providers EV Connect, Greenlots and SemaConnect
Reston, VA (October 18, 2018) – Future Electrify America charging customers will benefit from agreements announced today that will allow them to charge their electric vehicles at non-Electrify America charging stations.
The company has reached network interoperability agreements with EV Connect, Greenlots and SemaConnect. The deal will increase the range confidence of EV drivers, and will feature an interconnected network of approximately 12,500 chargers, located at shopping centers, gas stations, convenience stores, workplaces, and multi-family dwellings, as of June 30, 2019.
“EV customers are the big winners with these network interoperability agreements,” said Brendan, Jones, vice president and chief operating officer at Electrify America. “Drivers will now be able to roam between charging networks without the need for additional cards or accounts. It will be seamless for EV owners that you can charge when you need one – comparable to getting cash at an ATM machine even when it’s not your bank.”
"We could not be more impressed with Electrify America and their leadership position establishing true interoperability with charging networks. They are helping to build the future we imagined at SemaConnect, one that provides EV drivers with the most charging options," said Mahi Reddy, CEO of SemaConnect, Inc.
EV Connect comment:
"Interoperability means EV Connect and Electrify America customers will gain access to thousands more EV charging stations nationwide,” said Jordan Ramer, founder and CEO of EV Connect. “We look forward to working with Electrify America to extend roaming, payment and driver capabilities to customers across the U.S."
“Greenlots has long been a leading advocate for interoperability and open standards for EV charging,” said Brett Hauser, CEO of Greenlots. “Agreements like this one bolster the national effort to deploy coast-to-coast charging infrastructure, making it easier for drivers to easily charge when and where they need. This accord highlights how industry collaboration can benefit EV drivers across the country.”
About Electrify America
Electrify America LLC is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access. The investment will enable millions of Americans to discover the benefits of electric driving and support the build-out of a nationwide network of workplace, community and highway chargers that are convenient and reliable. For more information, visit www.electrifyamerica.com.