A Whopping 33,000 Charging Points In U.S. & Canada Are Now Linked

NOV 5 2018 BY EVANNEX 5

33,000 ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING SPOTS NOW NETWORKED TOGETHER THROUGHOUT US AND CANADA

One of the great things about owning a Tesla is that you have a simple and easy charging experience when you’re on the road. A Supercharger is a Supercharger, whether you’re heading down I-95 to Florida or taking I-10 across the desert to California. Pity the poor owners of ordinary EVs, who have to contend with a patchwork of different charging networks, each requiring their own user accounts and RFID cards. If that doesn’t elicit any sympathy, pity the Tesla owner who occasionally needs to use a non-Tesla charger, only to find that it requires a card from some network they’ve never heard of.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Tesla Model S stops at a ChargePoint spot (Image: Teslarati)

Someday in the near future, most or all of these networks will be linked together, just as cell phone networks are today, and EV drivers will be able to top up at any public charger, using a single card (or none) and a single account. That day recently drew a whole lot closer, as ChargePoint and FLO, two of the largest charging networks in the US and Canada, respectively, formed a roaming partnership designed to create a seamless charging experience across North America.

Much as mobile phone roaming enables user-transparent connections between cell networks, ChargePoint and FLO members can now access public chargers on both networks with no need to register for multiple accounts.

Above: A look at one of Canada’s Flo charging points (Image: Charged via FLO

Drivers can simply use their existing network account to locate a charging station, start a session via the ChargePoint or FLO mobile app, and begin charging. The participating networks have agreed to levy no additional fees, and all transactions and taxes are handled on the back end according to each country’s tax laws. As of the launch date, more than 33,000 public charging spots were available across both networks.

This roaming agreement is based on the Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) protocol, which enables network operators to exchange key information needed to provide roaming services, such as charging station location, status and rate. OCPI also streamlines billing settlement, while ensuring the privacy of driver account information.

Above: Tesla Model 3 owner uses her iPhone X to access ChargePoint’s “Tap to Charge” feature (Youtube: ChargePoint)

“For more than a decade, ChargePoint has been committed to developing charging solutions that make it easy for EV drivers to charge, and this agreement builds on that to help enable the mass adoption of EVs,” said Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint. “These experiences are good for EV drivers and simultaneously benefit station owners by increasing utilization of charging spots.”

“As electric mobility continues to gain traction, it is essential that industry leaders work together to optimize the charging experience,” said Louis Tremblay, CEO of FLO. “This collaboration furthers our engagement to offer the best experience in the EV charging ecosystem, and will ultimately convince more people to choose electric mobility.”

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Written by: Charles Morris; This article originally appeared in Charged; Sources: ChargePointFLO

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.

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5 Comments on "A Whopping 33,000 Charging Points In U.S. & Canada Are Now Linked"

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WB

Is there a point to this story? I don’t see anything new in this article that wasn’t in the one from 2 weeks ago when this happened.

Texas Leaf

Notice how this article conviently ignores the Electrify America and EVgo networks but promotes the Tesla Supercharger network? The first sentence of this article made my stomach turn. Since ChargePoint already has over 30,000 chargers in its’ network, there really isn’t any news here.

Cypress

Tesla owners: stay off non-Tesla charging locations (you keep bragging about how good the Tesla network is, use that) and stop parking at charging stations and not plugging in. These are not parking space for EVs, they are needed by people to actually be able to get a charge. I have been blocked repeatedly by Teslas just parked at a station and not even plugged in. Never by any other EV.

James
I think parking in an EV space is a terrible thing no matter who does it. As a Tesla owner, I am charged by Tesla when I overstay my charge by the minute. There have been two instances in my one month of Tesla ownership where I have been grocery shopping at the market across the parking lot from the Superchargers where I have been 5 or so minutes late due to standing in line, etc. .Both times I was in a loaner so not charged, but I felt guilty and rushed…Making that convenience one I’ll only do if I have to pick up 1 or 2 things. Every charger network needs an overstay penalty. I have seen LEAFs, SoulEVs and others overstaying, believe me, it’s not “snobby, rich Tesla owners” only. I hope EV owners don’t start hating due to cost of car or status. I hear fringes of this already….us vs. them, etc.. The true us vs. them is us vs. The Oil Cartel, Auto Dealer Associations, Legacy Icemakers, lobbyists, public utilities, OEM auto parts manufacturer’s, labor unions……etc, etc, etc. Those would like nothing better than for environmental advocates and EV promoters to split up over how much… Read more »
myLeaf

You need to lobbied your local government (city, State) to pass a law that any vehicles blocking a charging spot to get a fine even evs. Here in Quebec Canada this law was passed and now charging spot stays open.