Electric Vehicles

Electrify America, ChargePoint unveil EV interoperability agreement

Electrify America and ChargePoint recently announced a roaming partnership that will further expand access to electric vehicle (EV) charging across the U.S.

The interoperability agreement will allow drivers to seamlessly charge their EVs on public chargers between both networks using their existing account credentials to start a session, without incurring any additional fees, Electrify America and ChargePoint said.

Electrify America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America, is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access, while ChargePoint is a global EV charging network, with charging solutions in every category EV drivers charge.

Beginning later this year, drivers will be able to access public chargers on either the ChargePoint or Electrify America networks without having to create new memberships, registrations or payment configurations.

The plan will connect more than 30,000 Level 2 and DC fast chargers from Electrify America and ChargePoint across the U.S., adding significant public access as the number of EVs on the road significantly increases in the coming years, Electrify America and ChargePoint said in a news release.

Association urged EV investments in public power communities

In early 2018, the American Public Power Association submitted comments to Electrify America in which the Association said that Electrify America should consider charging infrastructure investments in public power communities.

Public power utilities are “poised to create the ideal incubators for early EV adoption because they have access to both land, infrastructure, and electricity in their locations,” the Association said.

“Furthermore, integration in the local government allows for streamlining coordination among various government departments that may be involved with EV deployment, including departments dedicated to the transportation, fleet management, environment, community engagement, permitting, and technology,” the Association added.

Association EV resources

The Association in 2018 released “Creating an Electric Vehicle Blueprint for Your Community,” a hands-on guide that walks public power utility leaders and staff through the steps in creating a strategy, planning, and executing an electric vehicle program in their community.

Along with the report, the Association provides a variety of other EV resources on its website.