EV charging leaders enter first-of-its-kind global agreement enabling drivers to roam between networks in Europe and North America
Amsterdam, Netherlands – October 9, 2018 – ChargePoint and EVBox, two of the world’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, today announced a roaming agreement that will enable EV drivers to roam between charging networks, making EV charging more accessible than ever. Beginning in January 2019, EV drivers will be able to seamlessly roam on the ChargePoint and EVBox networks while traveling throughout Europe and North America. The agreement eliminates the need to register for multiple accounts and ensures drivers don’t incur additional fees when roaming.
Global partnership to accelerate electric mobility
This partnership represents the first-ever global agreement to enable roaming between EV charging networks and reinforces the companies’ shared commitment to provide an open network that is accessible for all. Together, the companies provide EV drivers from around the world with access to tens of thousands of charging spots distributed across both continents.
This news comes on the heels of the Global Climate Action Summit, where both companies made substantial commitments to the growth of their networks over the next seven years. By 2025, ChargePoint and EVBox collectively pledged to expand their global networks to 3.5 million places to charge to accelerate the mass adoption of e-mobility and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world. This agreement marks another milestone in ChargePoint and EVBox’s shared goal to enable the transition to a zero emissions world that is efficient and sustainable.
“We are at the tipping point of a revolution in transportation and this agreement underscores our commitment to providing charging solutions everywhere EV drivers go by increasing access to broadly distributed charging solutions that are vital to ushering in the next chapter in mobility,” said Pasquale Romano, president and CEO, ChargePoint, Inc. “This agreement underscores ChargePoint’s open network philosophy and highlights our dedication to establish a ubiquitous charging network that will inspire more drivers to go electric and support the transition to zero emissions mobility on a mass scale. We look forward to continuing to establish strategic partnerships with companies like EVBox who share our goal of paving the way to an all-electric future on a global scale.”
“Millions of EVs will become available globally, and with-it comes the need for a global charging infrastructure. For this to work a network built upon open standards is an absolute must, therefore we are happy to announce this historic agreement with ChargePoint to that aim. Our global roaming agreement is the biggest to date and will make driving and charging EVs easier and more convenient globally. I strongly hope other eMobility providers and operators will also be inspired to form similar partnerships and agreements. A few weeks ago, I attended the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, where we were all reminded of the importance of working together in the fight against climate change. This roaming agreement is another important step which brings us closer to reaching that ambitious goal,” says Kristof Vereenooghe, CEO of EVBox.
Agreement based on the open protocol OCPI
This agreement will benefit drivers and the EV industry at large by increasing access to essential charging solutions and creating a seamless experience for EV drivers. The more EV solutions that drivers have access to, the easier it is to drive electric, which helps encourage more drivers to make the switch. Industry collaboration is a key ingredient in ushering in the mass adoption of electrified transportation in order to support EV drivers and ignite a revolution in mobility.
This roaming agreement is based on the Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) protocol. OCPI is an independent, open protocol that enables network operators to exchange key information needed to provide roaming services, which gives EV drivers a number of benefits:
- Better information about the status (availability and location) of charging points
- Better insight in costs before, during and after charging, while ensuring the privacy of driver account information
- Larger network of charging locations to charge
- One single interface for direct payment (international) at charging points
ChargePoint is the leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with charging solutions in every category EV drivers charge, at home, work, around town and on the road. With more than 55,000 independently owned commercial public and semi-public charging spots and thousands of customers (businesses, cities, agencies and service providers), ChargePoint is the only charging technology company on the market that designs, develops and manufactures hardware and software solutions across every use case. Leading EV hardware makers and other partners rely on the ChargePoint network to make charging station details available in mobile apps, online and in navigation systems for popular EVs. ChargePoint drivers have completed more than 43 million charging sessions, saving upwards of 45 million gallons of gasoline and driving more than a billion gas-free miles on dispensed energy. For more information, visit www.chargepoint.com or contact the Global Press Office at email@example.com or European Press Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVBox is the leading global manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations and charging management software. With an installed base of over 60,000 charging points, of which 700 fast chargers, across 45 countries worldwide, EVBox drives sustainable mobility by bringing durable electric vehicle charging solutions to the world. EVBox has offices in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Copenhagen, Oslo, Milton Keynes, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Bordeaux, New York, and San Francisco.
Since March 2017, EVBox is a part of ENGIE. In 2018, EVBox acquired ultra-fast charging station manufacturer EVTronic, adding 700 previously installed fast charging stations to its European network.
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